For almost a year now I continually cough up clear sputum, sometimes yellow. Upon waking in the morning it feels like my throat is blocked then when I cough to clear m throat, the phlegm comes out clear and looks like little sacs of phlegm. This continues throughout the day, only not as much phlegm. I have been a light smoker for over 20 years. My throat is starting to get sore from coughing. What is going on?
Joyjoy, I have to agree with Vickiemom... coughing that is worse in the morning and that produces sputum is often a sign of COPD, especially in people with a history of smoking. But NO ONE here can diagnose you over the Web. That needs to be done in person, with someone examining you and taking your medical history.
I would encourage you to make an appointment with a doctor to be evaluated. That's the only way to know for sure what's going on and to get the right treatment.
To your health,
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PLEASE check with a doctor. I have COPD. I dont want to scare you, but that is what I was doing. I had heart attack , and was told COPD. I was medium smoker, it can happen to light smokers too. When my sputum turns yellow, I have infection. Please see doctor, he can run tests. Catching anything early, is much better, then the latter.
MY BEST Vickiemom
Two things to check out:
1. Allergies, possibly to dust mites.
2. Cough Variant Asthma.
I had similar symptoms to yours for years, although I don't smoke - I have no idea if smoking is at all related to your symptoms. I take medication for allergies and asthma now, and feel so much better.