I am writing out of concern for my boyfriend. He's been a cigarette smoker for 15 years or so, about 3/4 a pack a day for several years now (just turned 30). Both of us got a nasty cold a couple weeks ago, and I'm mostly better except for a dry cough, but for him the cough/phlegm hasn't improved. Not that he wasn't phlegmy or coughing a lot before, so it's hard to say.
He coughed up a tiny bit of blood this morning, no taste or smell of blood though so I'm guessing it was from the lungs and not the stomach or nose? He's also had an odd pain, off and on, for about a week on the right side of his chest. No health insurance, so just trying to get an idea of whether this is serious or to be expected in recovering from a cold as a smoker.
He's awfully young to have lung cancer or emphysema, even for a smoker but.......????????