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Dr. Richard Williams
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Can COPD patients take cough meds and or mucous thining meds?

Dr. Richard Williams
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Can COPD patients take cough meds and or mucous thining meds?

Yes and no: Be sure the over the counter product does not contain antihistamines which can dry secretions and possibibly make secretions more tenacious. Ask your physician or pharmacist before using such products. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Constant need take deep breath, rattle/weeze, always yawn(unsuccessful), brownish balls of mucus when cough, tired, smoker scared! tryin to qt copd?

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Constant need take deep breath, rattle/weeze, always yawn(unsuccessful), brownish balls of mucus when cough, tired, smoker scared! tryin to qt copd?

Could be: But it's easy to be evaluated. A history, physical examination, chest xray and pulmonary function tests (breathing into a spirometer which measures your ability to breathe) will determine if there is COPD and its extent. There are a variety of very effective treatments, but absolutely key is what you already know. You must quit smoking. There are a variety of new methods for smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Dr. Claude Parola
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Is it wise to take antibiotics for green mucus from lungs, but no fever or hacking cough, but I do have COPD or do I wait and see if I do get sicker?

Dr. Claude Parola
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Is it wise to take antibiotics for green mucus from lungs, but no fever or hacking cough, but I do have COPD or do I wait and see if I do get sicker?

Green sputum: greenish sputum in a patient with COPD does not mean infection , taking antibiotic unnecessarily is not advisable, see a doctor for evaluation ( clear, greenish, yellowish sputum is common in COPD) ...Read more

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Dr. Derek Farley
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How can cough be avoided in patients with copd? Is antibiotics the first line of treatment each time there is a cough?

Dr. Derek Farley
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How can cough be avoided in patients with copd?  Is antibiotics the first line of treatment each time there is a cough?

One of many: To treat exacerbation of copd, yes, but often along with other medications such as atrovent inhaler, etc. Antibiotics are used often and early for acute exacerbation of COPD because of the propensity of this patient population to develop subsequent pneumonia. I assume this person is under treatment by a physician for these problems? If not, seek one out immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. William Galli
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64 year old COPD patient complaining of increasing shortness of breath and productive cough of thick. What would docs do?

Dr. William Galli
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64 year old COPD patient complaining of increasing shortness of breath and productive cough of thick. What would docs do?

Could B exacerbation: Any changes of the normal could be an exacebation of copd. Typical would be antibiotics not just for infection but antiflamatory properties as well. May need adjustments to medications as well. Need to see md especially if above occurs or an incease in rescue inhalers is noted. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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About five days ago I developed a cough with mucus. I was a mild smoker for 10 years I just quit about a month ago and I'm wondering at 39 COPD?

Dr. Corey Clay
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About five days ago I developed a cough with mucus. I was a mild smoker for 10 years I just quit about a month ago and I'm wondering at 39 COPD?

Not my first thought: It is typical for mucus production to increase for a period of time after one quits smoking. The lining of the airway has cells with motorized hair-like bodies called cilia that are damaged by smoke inhalation. As they begin to "wake up" more mucus is mobilized. Minor viral infections will also transiently cause productive cough. That said, 39 is not too young for copd. ...Read more

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Dr. Nadine Halliburton-foster
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I have COPD emphysema i cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

Dr. Nadine Halliburton-foster
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I have COPD emphysema i cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

COPD: is an obstructive airway disease. there is air trapping and your lungs cannot express mucus as well as normal lungs. Mucus production, ( even with different colors) is not abnormal. If you start having fevers or chills or increased Shortness of breath, see your doctor. Try your best to stop smoking altogether. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Can we rule out COPD if there is no cough at all. Mucus actually comes frm nose. But shortness of breath n slight chest discomfort. Had chest infectio?

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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No...: There does not have to be a cough with copd. Symptoms vary but generally include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough. Some patients will also have weight loss. Shortness of breath can be at rest or just with exercise. See your doctor so this diagnosis can be made and treatment initiated. If you are smoking, you need to quit today! ...Read more

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Dr. Raja'a Kaddaha
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Sometimes feels short of breath for no reason.ocassionally cough white clear mucus.doc says acid reflux.can gerd cause short of breath or is it copd?

Dr. Raja'a Kaddaha
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Sometimes feels short of breath for no reason.ocassionally cough white clear mucus.doc says acid reflux.can gerd cause short of breath or is it copd?

Cardiac or lung: 26 year old man with shortness of breath could be anything from anxiety to pulmonary or even cardiac condition. It is important to be seen by your doctor who will ask you several questions regarding the situation that provoked the shortness or breath and other associated symptoms and will examine your heart and lungs and may recommend EKG as well as breathing test to narrow the diagnosis ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Have a bad cold, taking OTC cough meds, 4hrs as directed, its gettin better but am havin bad diarrhea! Taking Benylin mucus & Night nurse.Side effect?

Dr. Ward Dean
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Have a bad cold, taking OTC cough meds, 4hrs as directed, its gettin better but am havin bad diarrhea! Taking Benylin mucus & Night nurse.Side effect?

Peroxide Humidifier: Do you have a cool mist humidifier? Fill it with one bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and two bottles of water. That will give you a 1% aerosolized mist of hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide kills the bugs on contact (virus or bacteria) as you breath in the mist, and breaks down into water and oxygen. You should feel better in a day or two. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Copd (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a condition where cigarettes or other irritants cause erosion of the small air sacs of the lungs, called alveoli, leading to mucous staying in the lungs and ...Read more


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