A member asked:

If i coughed up mucus could i possibly have copd?

5 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Andrew Carroll answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

No: Coughing up mucous is a normal lung and airway function. You could have COPD for other reasons though.

Answered 9/28/2016


Dr. Tasleyma Sattar answered

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.

Answered 12/31/2014


Dr. Dean Giannone answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

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.

Answered 10/21/2013



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