A 24-year-old male asked:
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had a bad cough with alot of phlegm/sputum about 2 months ago. now i have it again. can i already have copd at age 25? or just a common cold twice?

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Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
COPD: It is possible to have changes compatible with COPD at your age if you have asthma or other forms of tracheobronchial inflammation, but two colds are not likely to do this. The diagnosis of COPD can only be established by pulmonary function testing, and suspect that your concerns are not consistent with the facts you have provided.
Answered on Feb 25, 2015
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Dr. Justin Greiwe
12 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Likely Cold: Given your age, and common things being common, likely just a cold. Symptoms of COPD include airflow limitation that is progressive. Associated with chronic inflammation of the lungs to noxious particles or gases like smoking. Most important risk factor for COPD is cigarette smoking. Amount/duration contribute to disease severity. If you have no smoking history and otherwise healthy, it's not COPD
Answered on Feb 26, 2015
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