Is excessive coughing a sign of viral lung infections?

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If you have a viral lung infection, odds are you will be coughing quite a bit. Excessive coughing is one of the most frequent symptoms of a variety of viral lung infections. In addition, people with a viral lung infection may cough for two weeks with the disease. Some children with bronchiolitis may cough for up to 4 weeks. It is also not uncommon for people with viral lung infections to cough up mucus and wheeze.

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Viral Lung Infections

Viral Lung Infections

Viral lung infections include acute bronchitis, viral pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). These viral lung infections usually begin as a respiratory virus that spreads to the lungs. Chest pain, chronic ...

coughing, fever and fatigue are common with bronchitis. This infection cannot be treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonia presents with a host of symptoms including coughing, fatigue, fever, aches and pains, and GI symptoms. While antibiotics are not indicated for pneumonia, some antiviral medications can help. Infants can develop both bronchiolitis and RSV at a young age, causing coughing and wheezing.
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