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A 46-year-old female asked:

My mom has copd and is a former smoker. i have never been a smoker. how likely is it that i will develope copd? i cough and have a lot of phlegm in the morning.

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Copd: Are you a smoker or exposed to second hand smoke? If so you may be at risk of developing copd. Already you have cough and phlegm. Other things you have to look for is Alpha trypsin deficiency which can cause emphysema.
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Possibly: Though smoking is a prime cause, second hand smoke does carry some degree of concern. Get tested by your physician. A simple spirometry test can be very helpful.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
COPD...: Usually, COPD is a result of smoking. However, there is a hereditary form of COPD called alpha-1-anti trypsin deficiency. It is caused by a lack of an enzyme and treatment involves replacement of the enzyme. You can be tested to see if you have this disorder so see your doctor. People who have this develop COPD at a younger age and smoking accelerates it. See doctor for the blood test!

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