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Doctor insights on: Smoking 66 Year Old With A Cough For Two Months

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Smoking 66 year old with a cough for two months?

Smoking 66 year old with a cough for two months?

Possibilities...: Possibilities include chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD which has no cure, as well as bronchospasm from any cause, post-nasal drip, gerd. It is imperative to be evaluated by a doctor so the diagnosis can be made and treatment given. It is also imperative that you quit smoking in order to stop the ongoing inflammation in your lungs. You are also at risk for various cancers so please quit! ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


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25 yr old, 9 year smoking history, bloody boogers and when make myself cough or clear throat, I have isolated blood streak lung cancer? ?

25 yr old, 9 year smoking history, bloody boogers and when make myself cough or clear throat, I have isolated blood streak lung cancer? ?

Probably not....: Blood-tinged sputum is typically caused by bronchitis, which is an infection in the lung airways. You could also have post-nasal drip and the blood is from the nose or sinuses. You need to quit smoking ASAP as this is contributing to inflammation in the airways which predisposes you to acute bronchitis. See your doctor for diagnosis/treatment and to help you quit smoking! ...Read more

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Had a cough for 4 weeks. Chest X-ray clear, not getting better, what could be the problem. No other symptoms, 68 years old, quit smoking 35 years ago ?

Had a cough for 4 weeks. Chest X-ray clear, not getting better, what could be the problem. No other symptoms, 68 years old, quit smoking 35 years ago
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4 weeks: long time. Get checked for asthma and GERD. I would suggest allergy testing, pulmonary function testing and a CT of your chest. Call for a repeat exam. ...Read more

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I quit smoking a year ago and still cough up mucus with black flecks in it. Is this normal?

I quit smoking a year ago and still cough up mucus with black flecks in it. Is this normal?

Black Flecks & Mucus: Coughing up black flecks is not a normal condition. It reminds me of black lung disease that is typically found in coal miners. Florida does not have coal mines, so i would not expect this finding. I would see a physician, get a chest xray and if possible save a sample of the coughed up mucus to be checked out. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for years quit smoking a year ago still have cough and pains under left breast?

I have had a cough for years quit smoking a year ago still have cough and pains under left breast?

Suggest evaluation: Nice job quitting smoking! having a cough for that long suggests that you should have a physical exam and history with a health professional. Cough may be simply from post-nasal drip, or acid coming up from stomach. But could also be from asthma or other lung problem. Talk to a provider about all the issues, including pain near left breast. ...Read more

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Blood in saliva. None when I cough. Diagnosed w/ GERD. Did test and lungs are fine. Quit smoking over one year ago. ?

Blood in saliva. None when I cough. Diagnosed w/ GERD. Did test and lungs are fine. Quit smoking over one year ago. ?

Several thoughts: If a person has blood in saliva, but non on coughing, it suggests the blood is either coming from the gastrointestinal tract or the sinuses and nasopharyngeal area. Possibilities include bleeding gums, nose bleed, tumors in the sinuses /nasopharyngeal area. Reflux esophagitis or other lesions in the esophagus or stomach can cause blood in saliva. If it persists see ENT Dr first,If ok> GI Dr next ...Read more

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1/2 year ago sudden extreme pain right side of lung near sternum big as marble, since then pain after smoking, bending over,deep breathing. Dry cough?

1/2 year ago sudden extreme pain right side of lung near sternum big as marble, since then pain after smoking, bending over,deep breathing. Dry cough?

Quit smoking: 1st - Do everything you can to stop smoking - the doctors will be impressed that you do. Set up an appt for an exam. It's been long enough to suffer - find out what is wrong and treat it. I hope it goes well - you've a lot of life to live - be healthy! ...Read more

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Smoking for past 2 year , age 28.. 4 to 5 a day. Symp:burning sensation in some areas of lung, had mild cough, cough aftr smoke. Chance of lung cancer?

Smoking for past 2 year , age 28.. 4 to 5 a day. Symp:burning sensation in some areas of lung, had mild cough, cough aftr smoke. Chance of lung cancer?

Quit smoking: It is not likely that you have lung cancer, but lung symptoms are a strong reason, if you needed one, to quit smoking. Smoking causes not only lung cancer but a number of other lung disease, heart disease, stroke and other cancers. See your doctor for nicotine replacement in case you need help in quitting smoking. ...Read more

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Been smoking 10Cigs a day for a year.Quit 2 weeks ago. Have THROAT PAIN(no problem swallowing),no cough, clear mucus with brown particles. Please Help?

Been smoking 10Cigs a day for a year.Quit 2 weeks ago. Have THROAT PAIN(no problem swallowing),no cough, clear mucus with brown particles. Please Help?

Mgt/workup: I would advise having a sputum analysis to include sputum cytology. It is best to see your PCP for a throat examination. Continue to avoid smoke exposure. ...Read more