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A 24-year-old female asked:

Shortness of breath with mucus for a year. doc has said gerd. doesn't think asthma. smoked 10 yrs.25. lung test normal. copd?pneumonia? just smoking?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Consult an allergist: There are many causes for breathing difficulties and I think you are too young to have chronic bronchitis from smoking. If you have problem getting enough air when breathing in, conditions such as vocal cord dysfunction needs be ruled out as well. You should definitely stop smoking however regardless what is causing the breathing issue.
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
General Practice 17 years experience
Quit smoking: The most obvious answer of course is that you have to stop smoking. There is no benefit from smoking, and as long as you continue to do so, you will be short of breath and have increased mucous and cough. You know this. Smoking makes asthma, GERD and COPD worse if you have them. Smoking causes other serious chronic health problems, such as cancers, stroke, heart disease. Have you tried Chantix?

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