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If i coughed up mucus could i possibly have copd?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
No: Coughing up mucous is a normal lung and airway function. You could have COPD for other reasons though.
Dr. Tasleyma Sattar
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: COPD is diagnosed based on symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and tests (xrays and lung function tests). If you have a chronic cough and are a smoker you should get evaluated by your physician.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: While a chronic productive cough is suggestive of copd, especially in a smoker with shortness of breath as well, coughing up mucus could also be due to allergies or sinus infections.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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