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The Chest Cough
Post Viral Illness


Post viral illness as the name suggests is after an upper respiratory virus has come and gone leaving chronic irritation in the upper respiratory tract. A cough is usually at the tail end of the acute viral respiratory infection however this normally goes away within a week. In mild viral illnesses the nose, throat, and voice box may be irritated leading to a neck cough. Sometimes viral illnesses seem to enter the chest depending on the type of virus or the susceptibility of the person. This leads to tracheal and bronchial irritation and a chest cough. Frequently there is some sputum production. Fever, chest pain, coughing blood and shortness of breath are not symptoms of a simple chest cough and require medical attention. Please see Therapy for Chest Cough: Post Viral Illness".


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