Thank you for the query.
is the main cause of COPD. Infection can exacerbate COPD. Cough with or without sputum is usually present all the year round in COPD. Chest pain
indicate definite infection. Consult with your GP as Physical examinations & Investigations like Chest radiograph
, CBC with ESR, Sputum for microbiology etc are needed for evalution of the cause and thereby, the requirement of Antibiotics.
If you got chest infection
, then it's advisable you don't go for surgery as it can worsen things and it is you who will suffer most.
It's good to know you are trying to quit smoke. Smoking is very bad for health.
Hope, this helps.