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does a sore throat mean i possibly have copd?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
24 years experience Family Medicine
No: They do not tend to be directly related.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
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Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
No: A sore throat would usually be related to an infection therein, not copd. Shortness of breath or a chronic productive cough could be symptoms of copd.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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Dr. Perry Sexton
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: COPD is not felt except possibly pain in the chest with breathing. A sore throat in a smoker may be an infection, long term irritation of the vocal cords, or possibly even a cancer of the throat. If it does not resolve with treating it on your own, see your doctor to determine why it remains.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Not usually....: A sore throat is not a typical symptom of copd. However, a sore throat that does not go away readily needs to be evaluated by a doctor, especially if you are a smoker, because some sore throats may be a sign of cancer, which smokers are also at risk to get. So, if you have a persistent sore throat, see your doctor asap.
Answered on Oct 30, 2012

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