CHI Memorial Medical Group

Lung Disease Warning Signs

When is a cough more than a nuisance? If you’re still experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to talk with your doctor.

Chronic Cough – A cough lasting a month or longer is chronic. It's an important signal indicating problems with your breathing system, regardless of age.

Shortness of Breath – Shortness of breath continuing after a brief rest following normal exercise - or develops with little or no exertion - isn't normal. Labored breathing, the sensation of difficulty in drawing air or exhaling is also a warning sign.

Chronic Mucus Production – Mucus, also called sputum or phlegm, is produced by the airways as a defense against infections or irritants. If your mucus production continues for a month, it may indicate lung disease.

Wheezing – "Noisy breath" or wheezing indicates that something unusual is blocking your lungs' airways or narrowing them unnaturally.

Coughing Up Blood – Blood being coughed up may originate from your lungs or upper respiratory tract. Whatever the source, it signals a health problem.

Chronic Chest Pain – Unexplained chest pain lasting a month or more - especially if it worsens with breathing or coughing - can also be a warning sign. The degree of pain may vary over a wide range, but its persistence over a month or more is a key factor as it relates to possible lung disease. 

To schedule an appointment with one of our medical professionals, call  (423) 495-2635.