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Dry cough started end of march then that started producing yellow phlegm a week later.Suptum sample returned fine. No more phlegm, but still have irritating feeling of something stuck in chest + cough.

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Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Not unusual

A lingering cough for 4-6 weeks after a chest infection is not unusual.
The causes include a temporary asthma like condition due to constriction of the bronchial tubes. Patients may notice wheezing but sometimes cough is the only symptom. The cough will improve with inhaled medication to relieve the constriction......But you need to see your physician for a proper diagnosis, and quit smoking.

In brief: Not unusual

A lingering cough for 4-6 weeks after a chest infection is not unusual.
The causes include a temporary asthma like condition due to constriction of the bronchial tubes. Patients may notice wheezing but sometimes cough is the only symptom. The cough will improve with inhaled medication to relieve the constriction......But you need to see your physician for a proper diagnosis, and quit smoking.
Dr. David Lipkin
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Dr. Joseph Girone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Be patient!

Unless you have an underlying disease state or recent travel to endemic areas for certain "atypical" pneumonia bugs, your course is consistent with a protracted viral bronchitis that should continue to resolve over time.
Allergies ; the heightened reactive airways that accompany an acute infection could also be playing a role. At worst a chest x-ray could be needed if symptoms persist. Get pcp f/u.

In brief: Be patient!

Unless you have an underlying disease state or recent travel to endemic areas for certain "atypical" pneumonia bugs, your course is consistent with a protracted viral bronchitis that should continue to resolve over time.
Allergies ; the heightened reactive airways that accompany an acute infection could also be playing a role. At worst a chest x-ray could be needed if symptoms persist. Get pcp f/u.
Dr. Joseph Girone
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