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Old 06-18-2018, 04:47 PM
 
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I got a respiratory infection infection at the beginning of last month, and I'm still coughing and clearing my throat from it along with having lower energy levels. Got a z-pack about a month into it and was told that I most likely had walking pneumonia, as my cough was mostly dry by that time. I felt like the antibiotics really helped, but they didn't clear it up completely, so last week, the doc gave me a second round of a different antibiotic and a steroid to help with my breathing and cough. I feel like I'm a little better, but I still got this nagging cough and a general feeling of not being 100%

I've never been sick like this in my entire life. Has anyone else ever experienced and ongoing cough and general feeling of not being well for almost 2 months that's not elderly after getting sick? I'm not talking about allergies, asthma, or any other chronic condition. I'm talking about making a full recovery from a bad respiratory infection.

Should I be concerned? My doctor also ordered a chest X-ray, which came back negative for anything serious. I'm just looking to hear that I'm not the only person that this has ever happened to, as it's starting to concern me. I'm not a smoker, so I'm not too concerned with stuff like COPD or cancer, but I do have a couple people in my family that developed adult asthma when they were around my age (40's).
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:01 PM
 
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You've totally ruled out allergies? I pooh poohed allergies because I'd never had them before but they can develop later in life as your immune system gets worse at identifying what it needs to fight against. I didn't have runny nose or itching watering eyes - it was coughing, especially at night, waking me up. Turns out that is from post nasal drip.

Also, coughing can result from GERD - so you and your doctor may have to think out of the box to figure this out.
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:05 PM
 
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I got a respiratory infection infection at the beginning of last month, and I'm still coughing and clearing my throat from it along with having lower energy levels. Got a z-pack about a month into it and was told that I most likely had walking pneumonia, as my cough was mostly dry by that time. I felt like the antibiotics really helped, but they didn't clear it up completely, so last week, the doc gave me a second round of a different antibiotic and a steroid to help with my breathing and cough. I feel like I'm a little better, but I still got this nagging cough and a general feeling of not being 100%

I've never been sick like this in my entire life. Has anyone else ever experienced and ongoing cough and general feeling of not being well for almost 2 months that's not elderly after getting sick? I'm not talking about allergies, asthma, or any other chronic condition. I'm talking about making a full recovery from a bad respiratory infection.

Should I be concerned? My doctor also ordered a chest X-ray, which came back negative for anything serious. I'm just looking to hear that I'm not the only person that this has ever happened to, as it's starting to concern me. I'm not a smoker, so I'm not too concerned with stuff like COPD or cancer, but I do have a couple people in my family that developed adult asthma when they were around my age (40's).
Good that you got the chest xray and it's negative. I use an antioxidant and keeps me healthy. In my days before the antioxidant. I can remember colds and coughs and sore throats, no more.
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:11 PM
 
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You've totally ruled out allergies? I pooh poohed allergies because I'd never had them before but they can develop later in life as your immune system gets worse at identifying what it needs to fight against. I didn't have runny nose or itching watering eyes - it was coughing, especially at night, waking me up. Turns out that is from post nasal drip.

Also, coughing can result from GERD - so you and your doctor may have to think out of the box to figure this out.
From what I understand, the adult asthma that both my aunts have stems from adult allergies. My cough seems to be non-existent at night, when I'm sleeping on my side, but when I get up in the morning I got that tickle in my throat and there is constant clearing of mucus. I definitely have post nasal drip, but I'm not 100% sure it's from allergies yet. I was told 8 weeks is when the cough is considered chronic.

I've looked up stuff on GERD, and that doesn't sound like anything that's going on. This all stemmed from a nasty infection.
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:19 PM
 
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Also: Just to be on the safe side, get new pillows, wash your sheets and all bedding (mattress cover, comforter, etc.) in super hot water.

If you have any drapes, upholstery, or carpeting, get it all professionally cleaned (or clean it yourself) . . .

Mites, dust, etc., can cause allergies.

Drink a ton of water.
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Bloomington, IL
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From what I understand, the adult asthma that both my aunts have stems from adult allergies. My cough seems to be non-existent at night, when I'm sleeping on my side, but when I get up in the morning I got that tickle in my throat and there is constant clearing of mucus. I definitely have post nasal drip, but I'm not 100% sure it's from allergies yet. I was told 8 weeks is when the cough is considered chronic.

I've looked up stuff on GERD, and that doesn't sound like anything that's going on. This all stemmed from a nasty infection.
Understood...it does happen to be coinciding with allergy season which may be confusing things...good luck - either way it's no fun!
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:52 PM
 
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OP, have you tried something like a sinus rinse or neti pot to try to help with the mucus? I find that really helps with the postnasal drip along with drinking a lot of fluids. You might want to check your inside humidity, as if it is above a pretty narrow range of about 30-55%, you might notice more coughing as well. Dust mites flourish in higher humidity, but in lower humidity they come up into the air and that is just as bad.
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Old 06-19-2018, 01:14 PM
 
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Your throat could also just be irritated from coughing. If you have some dry/sore spots, the mucus protects them, but you need to cough it out eventually. Try something like a glycerin throat drop and see if it does anything to help that "ticklish" spot. Also, if you're unused to being sick, it may just seem really horrible to you, so have faith it'll clear up. The antibiotics will probably cure the underlying problem and you can see what you can do about the symptoms. Sometimes I take Robitussin which soothes the throat and brings up mucus, but try something simpler like the glycerin first.
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Old 06-19-2018, 01:21 PM
 
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OP, what do you mean when you say your chest x-ray came up "negative for anything serious".

Did it in fact show something that was deemed "not serious"?
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Old 06-19-2018, 03:15 PM
 
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OP, what do you mean when you say your chest x-ray came up "negative for anything serious".

Did it in fact show something that was deemed "not serious"?
It showed nothing. The doc says my lungs look great.

There where no tumors, fluid, or signs of chronic lung disease according to the doc.
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