Posted by: | 2020/01/16

Persistent, dry cough for 4 days

I have had a persistent, dry cough for 4 days following the removal of a large amount of fluid from between my right lung and chest wall. I have asthma and was diagnosed with pleurisy about two weeks ago, prior to having the fluid removed. I have a follow-up appointment in a week, to remove the remaining fluid. Meanwhile, the cough is not abating. My concern is because there is a history of heart disease in my family.

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- 2020/01/23

The cough for 4 days is all likely related to your pleurisy, which is inflammation of the lung lining.  It will be important for your doctors to work out why you have fluid there and there could be a host of causes including pneumonia, TB, and a bunch of other reasons.

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