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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Foul - Smelling Cough

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced foul-smelling cough. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Bronchiectasis

    Bronchiectasis is destruction and widening of the large airways. Mucus builds up in these airways and can get infected, causing a pneumonia.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, runny nose, mucous dripping in the back of the throat
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Bacterial Pneumonia

    Bacterial pneumonia is the infection of the lungs with bacteria (as opposed to a fungus or a virus).

    1-3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough, headache, loss of appetite, shortness of breath
    Symptoms that always occur with bacterial pneumonia:
    cough
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  3. 3.Lung Abscess

    An abscess is a collection of pus which results from an infection. A lung abscess may form following an infection such as pneumonia.

    Treatment for up to 6-8 weeks is standard.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    coughing up green or yellow phlegm, rib pain that gets worse when breathing, coughing, sneezing, or laughing, night sweats, unintentional weight loss, coughing up a lot of fluid
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Foul - Smelling Cough

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Foul - Smelling Cough Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced foul-smelling cough have also experienced:

    • 13% Cough
    • 4% Chronically Bad Breath
    • 3% Vaginal Discharge
  • People who have experienced foul-smelling cough had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Week
    • 15% One to Two Weeks
    • 15% Two Weeks to a Month
  • People who have experienced foul-smelling cough were most often matched with:

    • 35% Bacterial Pneumonia
    • 35% Lung Abscess
    • 28% Bronchiectasis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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