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Cough After Bronchitis
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
How long should a dry cough last after bronchitis? It's especially bad at night and in the morning. I got sick about a month ago but still coughing.
Sharp stabbing chest pain when i cough after having bronchitis- what causes this? it feels like a knife
Inflammation: The tissues lining the bronchi (tubes leading from the trachea into the lung in smaller and smaller radicals) are grossly inflamed by the infection, or if caused by toxic materials by them, and pain is one of the cardinal signs of inflammation. When you cough you place pressure on inflamed tissues and therefore ......................... OK? ...Read more
A month or more: Bronchitis disrupts the linings of the airway. Over time the injured cells will heal & reestablish a delicate system of hair cells & thin moisture that traps dust & germs & removes them before they get deep into the lungs.Until then, you must cough to help puddles of moisture & debris jump over the healing areas.Long after the germs are gone the repair continues. ...Read more
Weeks: Sometimes up to 4-6 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
Weeks: If you have been recently diagnosed with bronchitis, i would expect some cough for up to two weeks. In smokers the cough will take longer to resolve. This is the case in asthmatics as well. If there is sinusitis accompanying the bronchitis, therapy directed at the sinuses is helpful. If you are not better soon, see your doctor. ...Read more
Still have a dry cough after finishing antibiotics for bronchitis over 2 weeks ago. I keep trying to cough stuff up but there's nothing. Worse @ night?
Prolonged cough: How long has the cough persisted and is there still production of phlegm? Many of my patients are surprised to hear that cough after significant upper respiratory infection can persist up to 6 weeks! suggest meeting with your doctor if the cough is longer than 4weeks, to determine other potential causes of your cough not related to the infection concern. ...Read more
Many reasons: Most likely due to humidity, position, temperature changes; can be d/t environment changes (@ home not work) and allergens present; can be meds wearing off from earlier in day. Should discuss w/your dr to see how to best manage symptoms. ...Read more