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What causes persistent cough with shortness of breath?

Hi I was diagnosed with pleurisy on Monday, was prescribed amoxicillin 500mg three times daily. My symptoms improved and I feel fine unless I do something physical, eg taking my dog for a short walk, resulted in a persistant cough, shortness of breath and general tiredness and aches in shoulders and chest. Planned on returning to work tomorrow? I am primary school teacher.
Tue, 27 Feb 2018
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Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
In my opinion, you should definitely consult pulmonologist and rule out lung infection and bronchitis for your symptoms.
Pleurisy (inflammation of pleura) can complicate in lung infection (pneumonia) and bronchitis (inflammation of airways).
Both of them can cause cough and breathing difficulty.
So get done chest x ray and PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).
You may need antibiotic and inhaled bronchodilators (formoterol or salmeterol) based on reports.
Don't worry, you will be alright with all these.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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