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How Do You Know if You Have Lung Disease?

Ask a Doctor

My husband has been coughing and wheezing for more than six weeks now and he refuses to see a doctor. He insists it’s just a particularly long-lasting chest cold, but I worry its more serious – maybe some kind of lung disease. What are the symptoms to look for? How do you know if you have lung disease?

Doctor’s Response

Signs and symptoms of lung disease include:

  • Shortness of breath: Occurs without exertion or does not go away after exercising
  • Chronic cough: Lasts longer than one month
  • Wheezing: Noisy breathing
  • Chronic mucus production: Lasts a month or longer
  • Coughing up blood: May be coming from the lungs
  • Chronic chest pain: Unexplained chest pain that lasts a month or longer, or gets worse when you inhale or cough

If you experience any of these symptoms of possible lung disease, see your doctor.

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American Lung Association. Warning Signs of Lung Disease. 20 March 2018. 3 January 2019 .