I was diagnosed with what was possibly a viral pneumonia, although my chest xray was clear and the doctor told me my lungs were clear. I finished a course of Zithromax, and feel like I am slowly getting better. It's been 3 weeks...just had a dry cough, malaise and tiredness, some shortness of breath. However, I am a nurse and can hear inspiratory crackles in my right middle lobe, where it is painful. How long do these crackles last and is there anything I should be doing besides taking fluids and resting? How can lung xy be clear with crackles present?
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