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Smoking and Tobacco

Need HELP!

05/18/2009

Question:

I am 23 yrs old and i have been smoking for about 8 yrs or so. I cough up a lot of pelgm which i think is bc of my allergies. I do commonly get shortness of breath and lately when i cough (i have no excessive coughing)I have been coughing up these tiny yellowish balls. I showed my father the other day when it happened and he said it looks like fungi or bacteria. I since cut down on my smoking but I`m nervous and want to kno if this is anything serious. What do you think?

Answer:

It is not possible to diagnose you on the basis of this description; however, a continued productive (phlegm producing) cough in anyone requires a doctor's personal evaluation. Allergies seldom cause this. Cutting down your smoking is not sufficient. It's time to quit. Please listen to what your body is trying to tell you.

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Response by:

Rob  Crane, MD Rob Crane, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University