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Are there viruses which cause chest/lung pain and coughing up green? How many days until I should consider dr. Visit/ chest xray?
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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Chest Lung Pain
Most acute respiratory infections start with a viral infection or an irritant, such as tobacco or reflux of stomach acid into the lungs.
Green mucus just means mucus has been plugged for more than a few days. Use and expectorant, such as guaifensin, to help break up the mucus. Drink plenty of fluids. Any shortness of breath, or have cough that lasts longer than seven days, see a doctor.

In brief: Chest Lung Pain
Most acute respiratory infections start with a viral infection or an irritant, such as tobacco or reflux of stomach acid into the lungs.
Green mucus just means mucus has been plugged for more than a few days. Use and expectorant, such as guaifensin, to help break up the mucus. Drink plenty of fluids. Any shortness of breath, or have cough that lasts longer than seven days, see a doctor.
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
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In brief: Absolutely.
Many viruses do this.
Coughing up green stuff is not a good indicator of whether its bacterial or viral illness. Most viral respiratory illness gets better on their own over 5-10 days. If you have fever>3 days, shortness of breath, or risk factors for badness (smoking, diabetes, asthma, copd), then you should see your doctor.

In brief: Absolutely.
Many viruses do this.
Coughing up green stuff is not a good indicator of whether its bacterial or viral illness. Most viral respiratory illness gets better on their own over 5-10 days. If you have fever>3 days, shortness of breath, or risk factors for badness (smoking, diabetes, asthma, copd), then you should see your doctor.
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
badness - it's definitely a medical term. I'm sorry to hear about the esbl kleb colonization. That can be scary. But even viral resp illnesses can make people feel really crummy - flu is the typical example. I'd give it a couple of days. No need to blast the intestines unnecessarily with abx if it's all viral anyways. Good luck!
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