Suffering the hacking cough plaguing Britain that lasts THREE weeks? It could get WORSE...

Suffering the hacking cough plaguing Britain that lasts THREE weeks? It could get WORSE...
  1. Suffering the hacking cough plaguing Britain that lasts THREE weeks? It could get WORSE...
    ADENOVIRUSES can affect the respiratory tract and cause an infection similar to the common cold, with a nasty cough - but antibiotics won’t help people infected by the c…

In fact, the virus could be the reason people experience a nasty cough which can last up to three weeks.

Dr Adam Simon, chief medical officer at Push Doctor said: “You may experience a runny nose, sore throat, wheezy cough, red eyes, sneezing, fever and headaches.

“They’re inconvenient, but they normally won’t last longer than a week.

“You should consider resting at home while the virus clears up. Ask if you can work from home, if possible.


Hacking cough: Adenovirus could be causing pneumonia

Potentially life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia, bronchiolitis and meningitis are a possibility, although they occur rarely.

Dr Adam Simon

“This will help avoid the spread of infection, which you could easily pass on to family members, friends and colleagues if you carried on with your normal routine.

“For some people, particularly those with a weak immune system, adenoviruses can become slightly more serious.

“Potentially life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia, bronchiolitis and meningitis are a possibility, although they occur rarely.

“As ever, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.”


Cold and flu virus: Cough could be an indicator of adenovirus

The early symptoms of bronchiolitis are similar to those of a common cold, such as a runny nose and cough.

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the tissue in one or both lungs. It's usually caused by a bacterial infection, but can be caused by a virus.

Symptoms of pneumonia include a cough, difficulty breathing, a rapid heartbeat and chest pain. The illness can be dangerous - particularly among the elderly.

However, a bad cough could also be an indicator of bronchitis.

While acute bronchitis can last up to three weeks - chronic bronchitis can last up to three months and even return the following year. 

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