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Why does chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cause an ongoing cough?

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COPD causes your lungs to make extra mucus. This often leads to a cough that won’t go away. It’s your body’s way of trying to clear your lungs. It isn’t pleasant, but there are ways to manage it.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Coughing: Controlled Coughing.”

CDC: “COPD: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment.”

University of Wisconsin Health: “COPD: Clearing Your Lungs.”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 3, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Coughing: Controlled Coughing.”

CDC: “COPD: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment.”

University of Wisconsin Health: “COPD: Clearing Your Lungs.”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 3, 2020

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