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A 28-year-old female asked:

Cough for a week, no fever, very little nasal congestion. crackling sound when breathing. 28 year old smoker. could it be bronchitis?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
It's likely: Is the cough productive? If you are bringing up phlegm (sputum), it is likely to be infection, the chances of which are greatly increased by smoking. If the sputum is yellow or green, or foul smelling, it may be a bacterial infection, although without fever that is less likely. Cut down or stop smoking, at least until it clears, and consider permanent cessation. Your lungs are sending u message.
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
It could be.....: And if symptoms progress you should be evaluated for more serious issues including pneumonia.

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