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09 Nov 2020

Upper respiratory infection that turned into pneumonia
Last February I had an upper respiratory infection that turned into a case of pneumonia. I was on antibiotics, an inhaler and steroids. The coughing was terrible and several times severe enough that I vomited. Nasty business. It took months before the cough was almost gone. Now I am left with a cough when I speak for a long period of time, when I eat something spicy that hits my throat a certain way or just any mild type irritation such as mucous. I have had chest X-Ray. My throat seems very sensitive. My husband thinks that I cough a lot and he is upset that it is so frequent. Now I am super self conscious.Could I have injured my throat from the illness? Can the drug Paxil cause cough?
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Cough Expert

12 Nov 2020

URTI itself will not cause chronic cough.  Frequently in this context a common cause of chronic cough is chronic hay fever with a post-nasal drip.  You should speak to your medical advisor about antihistamines and nasal spray.  Other causes might include acid coming up the food pipe (GORD).  That might explain why it changes with certain types of food.  Sometimes it can be a combination of factors.
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