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Question
Posted by: greg lehmann | 2019/03/15

Q.

What causes pneumonia victims to have lingering post pneumonia coughs

About five years ago my 4'10" friend Joanie caught the flu. A few weeks later Joanie's flu turned into viral bronchial double pneumonia laying her up for about 3 months. After getting over this pneumonia Joanie had a lingering cough for about 4 months after getting over her pneumonia. I was told post pneumonia victims will have a lingering cough for about 6-8 weeks but Joanie also suffered a severe strep throat during her pneumonia. Did Joanie's strep throat cause her to suffer the lingering post pneumonia nagging cough?

Expert's Reply

A.

Flu expert
- 2019/03/20

Hi Greg

It was probably a combination of the post-bronchitis/ post-pneumonia cough as well as the strep throat. It is true, this type of cough is sometimes called a "reactive" cough, due to the airways still being reactive after the inflammation process. Sometimes it helps to use a "reliever" inhaler, such as asthavent or venteze. Have a lovely day. 

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