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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes persistent cough?

I ve had a cough for about 3 weeks. it isn t a throat problem, feels more like it is coming from my lungs. I m fine as long as I don t breath too deep, but when I do I cough violently and have some phlegm. but the phlegm is clear, not yellow or green.
Fri, 3 Nov 2017
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
You are having chronic cough (cough for more than 2 weeks) which clear expectoration.
So we should definitely rule out bronchitis and lung infection (pneumonia) in your case.
So consult pulmonologist and get done clinical examination of respiratory system, chest x ray and PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).
Chest x ray is needed to rule out lung infection.
PFT is must for the diagnosis of bronchitis.
You will mostly improve with antibiotics, inhaled bronchodilators (formoterol or salmeterol) and inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) (budesonide or fluticasone) on the basis of reports.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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