According to 2020 guidelines from the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD), chronic cough is often the first sign of COPD and is frequently dismissed by patients as the result of smoking or environmental exposures. Individuals may initially experience an intermittent cough, but eventually this progresses to be a daily cough, often throughout the day. Coughs associated with COPD may be productive or unproductive.
Fatigue and ankle swelling are symptoms of advanced, severe COPD.
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