Hello there, I've got a dry cough and a crackling sound in my chest. Doc says its viral and gave me an inhaler! How long will it go on?

I also have Barrett's Oesophagus. Now that I've done my own research; worried it might be Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR); Going to mention it if my symptoms don't improve, or ask for a chest x-ray, just feel that when they say its 'viral' they think you are being a hypochondriac!

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  • do you have c-o-p-d and are you already on inhalers

  • Sounds like an infection to me. If so why are you not on antibiotics..

  • Apparently its viral not bacterial so antibiotics won't work.

  • Hi dawann63

    I just wanted to wish you all the best and I genuinely hope that you feel better soon.

    Take care


  • Does a viral crackle sound different to an infection crackle? Or has he based it on the dry cough? If you are bringing anything up what colour is it?

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  • you can get tablets to deal with virus ... antiviral ones.

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