I have COPD but very rarely produce mucous so providing a sample is very difficult (even when I have an infection and producing mucous I find it very hard).
I saw my GP recently as I was having more difficulty than normal with my breathing. I have no infection so she thought it was inflammation of the airways and prescribed Seretide to add to my Spiriva. I've now had the Seretide reduced with a view to coming off it eventually.
I do have Pseudomonas in my lungs but it's not a problem at the moment. However, she wants a sputum sample to check it - she's new to the practice and has not seen me before.
On very rare occasions I do have a little mucous take me by surprise and am able to cough it up. As I can't do it on command (and I've tried all the tricks, I just can't do it), if I do manage to bring up and collect a sample and it's too late for it to be collected from the surgery, can I put it in the fridge and take to the surgery the next day? Or should I leave it out of the fridge?