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Does brown mucus and shortness of breath always point to copd? Ten year smoker. No exercise. Age 24.

Does brown mucus and shortness of breath always point to copd? Ten year smoker. No exercise. Age 24.

COPD at age 24: Is highly unlikely, but having bronchitis or sinus infections or other problems related to smoking is very likely. Your body is trying to give you a message - it would be a very good thing for you to listen to it. If you are worried, your doctor can do simple office-based test to reassure you that it is not permanent damage to your lungs (yet), but what you really need is to stop smoking;. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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Should i get checked for copd? Been a smoker for 3 years and no serious medical conditions. However, cough phlegm and occasional shortness of breath.

Should i get checked for copd? Been a smoker for 3 years and no serious medical conditions. However, cough phlegm and occasional shortness of breath.

Not likely: Chances are that you do not have COPD after three years of smoking, unless you smoke 4 packs a day or have other underlying conditions that could predispose you to copd. But if you are having new symptoms of shortness of breath then you should get checked out. ...Read more

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Have shortness of breath for a few weeks. Strangely during one of the nights I could breathe normally. Does that rule out COPD since it's irreversible?

Have shortness of breath for a few weeks. Strangely during one of the nights I could breathe normally. Does that rule out COPD since it's irreversible?

No....: The chronic obstruction can be seen on pulmonary function tests even when patients have no symptoms. No symptoms does not mean no obstruction so this does not rule out copd, chronic obstructing pulmonary disease. If you smoke you need to quit and see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Treatment for shortness of breath in end stage copd?

Wow: You should see a lung specialist. Usually an inhaled steroid, an anticholinergic, a long acting beta agonist and a short acting beta agonist should help. But there are many other things such as rehabilitation and prednisone. See a lung specialist.to have it fine tuned. ...Read more

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Copd with shortness of breath, pink sputum, wheezing ?

Copd with shortness of breath, pink sputum, wheezing
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Exacerbation...: It sounds like you are having a COPD exacerbation. If there are no signs of infection, you may need to increase your meds but only under the guidance of your doctor. If your shortness of breath is severe or worsening, go to the er for emergent treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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Went to my doc for shortness of breath, and congestion feeling, she told me my lungs were clear. Any idea's. Have appt with cardio. I do have copd?

Went to my doc for shortness of breath, and congestion feeling, she told me my lungs were clear. Any idea's. Have appt with cardio. I do have  copd?

Short of breath: There are lots of possibilities and a history and physical exam and possibly other work up might be needed. From out here can't say anything specific. Be sure to talk about it and get clarity from the cardiologist. ...Read more

Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more