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How long does a chest infection last?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine

In brief: Days to months

Depending what type of infection it is and whether or not you receive appropriate treatment.
A simple vrial infection/cold may last a few days; a wk or so for viral bronchitis and flu (cough may last 3 wks). The so called 'walking penumonia' and pertussis may linger for wks to months if not properly treated. Smokers/cystic fibrosis people may have chronic bronchitis. Consult doc. Good luck.

In brief: Days to months

Depending what type of infection it is and whether or not you receive appropriate treatment.
A simple vrial infection/cold may last a few days; a wk or so for viral bronchitis and flu (cough may last 3 wks). The so called 'walking penumonia' and pertussis may linger for wks to months if not properly treated. Smokers/cystic fibrosis people may have chronic bronchitis. Consult doc. Good luck.
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