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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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can poorly controlled asthma turn into COPD even if you never smoked? Only asthma symptom is constant phlegm, hardly wheeze, asthma since 3.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Causes of white phlegm. I'm 26 years old, had viral bronchitis 2 months ago and still have congestion on and off with white phlegm. COPD? I do smoke
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
I have end stage copd, my symptoms are worst. I can't cough up phlegm now, but hear gurgling every time i breath, worst at bed. Concerned....?
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.
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 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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