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Cough

Question
Posted by: | 2019/07/26

Q.

Persistant Cough

Hi Doc; I smoked for 19 years and I stopped in December 2018. Since then I've decided to change my lifestyle and eat more healthy and try get in some exercise. However I've noticed that after every work out I start to cough quite bad and takes a few minutes before it stops. This also happens in cold weather, I start to cough and it takes a while before it stops. Could it be asthma from all the years of smoking or something else, how do I treat it?

Expert's Reply

A.

Cough Expert
- 2019/07/31

It's more likely that you have a disease called COPD (emphysema was one of the old fashioned terms).  You need to go and see a lung specialist to see whether you have this and there are special inhalers that could be used to potentially relieve your breathing.  Another possibility is that you could be having underlying asthma, especially since it seems to be triggered by cold dry air.  This could be masking underlying asthma or it could be something we call exercise induced bronchoconstriction which is a fancy word for the airways complaining when they are suddenly exposed to large volumes of cold dry air.  Bottom line, you need to see a lung specialist to sort through these issues.

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