Stopped smoking

I smoked for over 30 years but managed to give up a year ago. Since then I keep coughing up phlegm. I feel like I’m constantly trying to clear my throat! Will it get better or do I have to live with it now I don’t smoke?

A persistent cough should always be checked out. It could be that your years of smoking have damaged your lungs and that you will have to live with it. If that is the case, you have done the right thing to give up the cigarettes because this will stop you getting worse, but make an appointment to see your GP who will examine your chest and arrange any necessary tests to get to the bottom of this.