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Heavy smoker since many years, quit smoking recently. Coughing phlegm, light green/yellow mucus, dry cough sometimes. Should I see a doctor for lung tests?

I am a 30 year old female who just recently (5 days ago and going strong) kicked my 15 year smoking habit. I smoked anywhere from 3/4 of a pack to a whole pack a day. When I was smoking, I would cough up small bits of mucus or phlegm , mostly in the morning, but also throughout the day. The mucus was light green/yellow and sometimes had some brown in it. This was going for a long time too. The first three days after I quit, I was also coughing a lot, but it was more of a dryer cough and wasn t producing any phlegm. I don t know if the mucus I was coughing up is something I should be concerned about. I guess I am asking if I should see my primary doctor for some tests on my lungs now that I have quit smoking .
Asked On : Sat, 9 Jun 2012
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thaks for ur enquery
u had smoked around 15 pack years
u need to give some more info
Is there any wheezing or chest tightness or shortness of breath??????
most probably u are suffering from early COPD
chronic coughing with expectoration in a smoker is suggestive of COPD
as also cough persists for more than 2 weeks u need to exclude tuberculosis
i, myself is a junior resident of chest medicine MD pgt
i suggest u the following investigations for that
1. chest xray PA view
2. sputum for AFB for 2 days
the 3rd test is most important
if there is obstructive pattern without bronchodialator reversibility u certainly have COPD
and COPD is more or less irreversible disease
so if it is there u need to start inhalers with bronchodialator and ICS
u ceased smoking
thats good
but u never smoke again
consult a chest physician with the report or u may consult me
i think u got my points
thank u
Answered: Sat, 9 Jun 2012
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