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Local Doctors’ Offices Full Of Patients Who Can’t Stop Coughing

By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you feel as if you’ve been sick for weeks, you could have a virus that’s been going around and around.

Doctors’ offices are filling up with coughing patients who have been sick for weeks and weeks.

Dr. Richard Tepper, chief of infectious diseases at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Montgomery County, says there are two viruses going around: one’s the common cold, the other is the one that seems to last a lifetime.

“It affects the lining of the lung and, even if the virus dies, it takes time for your body to heal and cough can persist and it’s not uncommon for this in younger children to cause wheezing,” Tepper explained.

It is Respiratory Syncytial Virus and since it’s a virus, antibiotics don’t help, but over-the-counter medicines can ease the symptoms.

“It causes bronchitis, bronchiolitis, general lower respiratory tract infection. It can cause pneumonia, it can lag on and be severe and you can get it again,” Tepper said.

He adds it’s easily spread, so cover your mouth when coughing and wash your hands a lot.

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  • Zzbar

    A couple of slugs of Ripple will do the trick. I don’t have a remedy for children yet. Ripple and baby formula, and or cereal don’t go together very good. Ye-haw.

  • haywood

    its the beginning of the zombie apocalypse!!!

  • Not an idiot

    People, it’s a VIRUS. Unless you have a secondary infection, antibiotics WON’T help and will just reduce the effectiveness of that antibiotic for you (and possibly the whole population) later. WHEN will people learn? And try to get your doctor to prescribe Benzonatate – a capsule that really helps suppress this persistent cough.

    • M. McHugh

      Darwin Theory….Let people take the antibiotics, natural selection….. However, thanks alot for aiding in the development of things that eat our antibiotics for dinner. It is an amazing thing how ignorant many are, including our Doctors, what the heck? Ive had this bad boy for about eight weeks now, finally coming back around to feeling normal. Very very nasty. MIL ended up with pneumonia. Now theres a reason for antibiotics. Enjoy!

  • R.L. Stout

    I’ve had post-nasal drip, sneezing, and coughing for 7-8 weeks. I’ve had 3 courses of antibiotics, and it’s just now beginning to dry up.

  • Marc Gravez

    Regarding “but over-the-counter medicines can ease the symptoms,” I think a good editor would ask “which types of medicines?” and would ensure that the answer contained information not resembling an ad. By the way, is the photo of Robitussim shown in the article an ad?

    I’ve had this exactly as described. Which over-the-counter products will help? How about treating children?

  • Linda

    I also have been suffering since the end of November! Dr. put me on antibiotics & steriods & had to get a 2nd dose of antibiotics!! Still cough/ wheeze every now & then…do not feel fully recovered yet!!! My friend is also going through the same thing!!!

  • k

    Thank you for posting this story – I did go on antibiotics twice (the second time worked for a sinus infection). But the coughing, since I also have asthma, is the worst!!

  • Kevin Howard

    ah man did i have this thing for what seemed like forever. i finally decided to go to the ER and get me some antibiotics and now i feel fine. the story says that antibiotics dont work, but it did. i hope it doesnt come back either for sure.

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