Nasty virus leaves sufferers with lingering cough

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A nasty virus is prompting a warning from medical specialists in the Cincinnati area. Manifesting as a bad cough that won’t go away, the upper respiratory infection is well known to area doctors.

As Fox28 reports, the flu is on the rise, but for weeks, reports of flu and gastrointestinal issues have been eclipsed by a bad respiratory infection. The respiratory infection hits with flu-like symptoms; however, it can have bad complications which range in severity from bed rest to emergency room treatment.

The major complaint doctors hear relates to a cough that won’t go away. The news site reports:

“Recently, we have been seeing a big surge of the upper respiratory type of symptoms, the cough, the congestion, the feeling really short of breath,” said Dr. Kenneth Patton of Bethesda North Hospital.

By the time they are wheeled in, Dr. Kenneth Patton says that shortness of breath is really evident.

“They are retracting, their ribs are doing a lot of work. You can see their neck muscles, you can really see that they are having a hard time breathing,” said Dr. Patton.

He says he has big concerns it will continue to spread this holiday weekend at the family get-togethers, especially to older adults.

“A common cold to you and me, maybe a very serious pneumonia or illness for them,” said Dr. Patton.

With a cough that won’t quit, sufferers are concerned, and so are doctors. “When it’s lasting more than seven days, you have to worry it’s turned bacterial,” said Dr. Patton.

While bacterial infections respond to medications and rehydration, the virus does not. “For the upper respiratory infection, really, there’s no treatment. It’s a virus,” said Dr. Patton.

According to the medical professionals at Bethesda North, regular hand washing and avoiding people who are sick will help prevent exposure to the persistent virus.

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