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Lingering Cough a Common Problem This Winter

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    Illness Lingering For Many This Winter

    This winter's stubborn cough lingers for weeks or even months for many.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019)

    It’s the cough that just won’t quit. If you haven’t caught it, you probably know someone who has, and chances are they’re still fighting this virus.

    “I think it is different than last year. It seems to be the cough seems to be lingering quite longer,” Michelle Charette of Bristol said.

    This winter’s stubborn cough is the gift that keeps on giving.

    “Oh yes, definitely lingers,” said Jackie Robinson of Plymouth.

    Robinson’s family has been dealing with a winter bug off and on for months. In fact, she said her 7-year-old son Harper was sick for two weeks straight.

    “Cough, and sneezing, and runny nose,” said Robinson.

    Dr. Michael Gutnman, medical director for New England Urgent Care, said a persistent cough is a common symptom of an upper respiratory infection.

    “The cough can linger for weeks or even a couple months,” said Gutman.

    Usually it’s treated with a round of steroids. If that persistent cough is accompanied by a fever an X-Ray may be needed.

    “Make sure you don’t have pneumonia because the flu can lead to pneumonia,” said Gutman.

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