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A 37-year-old female asked:

i had a fever, blocked nose and sore throat a week ago, i'm fine now except i have to blow my nose all the time and yellow thick phlegm in my cough.

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Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Normal: The last two symptoms to clear after a viral illness are drainage and cough. It may take 2-3 weeks for these to completely clear. If these symptoms persist for a total of 4 weeks then may be low grade sinusitis and need antibiotics to clear.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
URI: You have the after effects of a viral illness. If the symptoms persist beyond ten days, see your doctor. Antibiotics may be in necessary.

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