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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
I HAVE FINISHED MY MEDICINE FOR PNEUMONIA AND I STILL HAVE SOME COUGHING TO BRING UP THE GREENISH LOOKING MUCUS IN MY LUNGS. I HAVE BEEN COUGHING UP THIS MUCUS FOR APPROX. 3 WEEKS,I HAVE NO FEVER AND I AM ABLE TO BREATHE OK BUT I STILL HAVE SOME MUCUS IN MY LUNGS IS THIS NORMAL
Depending upon the cause and severity of pneumonia, it can take 6-8 weeks for all the clinical symptoms such as cough, sputum production, breathlessness to resolve. If the symptoms progress/do not improve or if you have recurrence of fever, chills, night sweats, it would be beneficial to see your primary care physician for re-evaluation. If there is any question about resolution of a pneumonia, most physicians obtain a chest x-ray to insure that there is radiographic clearing.
Ralph Panos, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati