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I have COPD and need to clear phlegm from throat. What is the best method with which to do this?

I have COPD and need to clear phlegm from throat. What is the best method with which to do this?

Don't smoke: Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to decrease sputum production. Using anti-inflammatory medications such as advair or symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) can also help in some cases as can treating any and all infections early. ...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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Does a runny nose, sore throat, and cough with sputum/phlegm sound like COPD or more likely just a common cold? I seem to get sick every couple months

Does a runny nose, sore throat, and cough with sputum/phlegm sound like COPD or more likely just a common cold? I seem to get sick every couple months

Not COPD: There are a number of things that can cause the symptoms you describe. This winter here in the Midwest has been cold and dry, and those environmental factors can aggravate your upper airway. At your age, you don't have COPD. My guess is you've had a tough winter season. Any other concerns, see your physician. ...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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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?

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?

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 ...Read more

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My husband cough a lot and spits up phlegm does he have copd?

My husband cough a lot and spits up phlegm does he have copd?

Many different cause: Though these care common symptoms of early COPD (chronic bronchitis) there are many other reasons for this. Smoking of course is a prime cause but work related causes are also suspect. If he works in a factory or other workplace where there is a lot of dust or other things (ie sawdust, chemicals, etc) you may want to start there. Either way, to make sure have him tested by a physician. ...Read more

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I have copd when i cough there is dark specks in the "phlegm" what is it?

Dark specks might: indicate the presence of blood. It is highly recommended you ask you doctor for a chest X-ray ...Read more

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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.

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.

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...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