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What should I do to cure my chest infection?

What should I do to cure my chest infection?

Treat the cause: A simple vrial infection/cold may last a few days; a wk or so for viral bronchitis and flu (cough may last 3 wks). Cough suppressant, fluid, and rest often do the trick. The so called 'walking penumonia' and pertussis may linger for wks to months if not properly treated. Smokers/cystic fibrosis people may have chronic bronchitis. Consult doc for eval if symptoms lasting too long. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What can cause a chest infection?

What can cause a chest infection?

Many causes: There are many bacteria and viruses that cause pneumonia. Some fungi and parasites cause pneumonia as well. Common bacteria causing pneumonia include streptococcus pneumoniae, staphylococcus aureus, klebsiella pneumoniae and hemophilus pneumonae. Common viruses include influenza, respiratory syncytial and parainfluenza viruses. ...Read more

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How to know if I have got a chest infection?

How to know if I have got a chest infection?

Chest infection: Chest, or respiratory infections, can manifest as cough, with or without sputum production, chest discomfort, fever, pain with respiration, feeling short of breath, and various combinations of these. May also just have fever and feeling unwell. Your provider can often know by doing a good lung exam, and sometimes a chest xray is needed. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a chest infection?

What's the best way to treat a chest infection?

Treat the cause: A simple vrial infection/cold may last a few days; a wk or so for viral bronchitis and flu (cough may last 3 wks). Cough suppressant, fluid, rest often do the trick. The so called 'walking penumonia' and pertussis may linger for wks to months if not properly treated. Smokers/cystic fibrosis people may have chronic bronchitis. Consult doc for eval if symptoms lasting too long. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get a chest infection?

Coughing & sputum: Green to brown mucus coming up from the chest with or without a fever. May have breathing problem some times. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a chest infection or something else?

How do I know if I have a chest infection or something else?

Difficulty breathing: Productive cough, fever, chills, but could also have other symptoms or very few symptoms. Have you considered speaking to your doctor about it? ...Read more

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What would happen if a chest infection was untreated for 8 years?

What would happen if a chest infection was untreated for 8 years?

Depends: The type of exact infection? Where exactly it's located? What if anything has been done? Etc... In general, longterm untreated infections anywhere on the body can result in scarring, progressive damage, and potential dysfunction. So, specific details would be important to provide a generic online answer. Be well. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have had a chest infection for 6 weeks now and it isn't going?

Any advice? I have had a chest infection for 6 weeks now and it isn't going?

Need follow up.: Need to see your md. Also if you smoke you need to stop. Antibiotics may be prescribed to help as well. Sometimes a viral illness will predispose you to a bacterial process. You may also need a chest xray. ...Read more

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Chest infection. Now can't move my neck?

Chest infection. Now can't move my neck?

Rule out meningitis: If you have an infection of the respiratory tract, it may spread to other areas. If you can not move your neck, please have meningitis ruled out by your local ED. Other causes may be related to a muscle strain. ...Read more

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Chest infection with left side chest pain?

Can happen: Any infection can cause pain. Lung, pleurisy and pericarditis can cause left sided chest pain. ...Read more

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How can you treat a chest infection/cough?

How can you treat a chest infection/cough?

Infection etiology..: If the infection is due to a bacterial infection, antibiotics are typically prescribed. If the infection is due to a virus, it will run its course typically over a 1-2 week period. See your doctor so your infection can be diagnosed and treated. Sometimes a sputum culture is needed to make the diagnosis. A chest infection could be acute bronchitis or even pneumonia, which your doctor will determine. ...Read more

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Can you have a chest infection without a cough?

Yes: If you think you may have a chest infection you should see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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How long can a viral chest infection last for?

How long can a viral chest infection last for?

Varies: Most last only a few days but the cough can sometimes last two months ...Read more

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Should my son go to school with chest infection?

Should my son go to school with chest infection?

Depends: A chest infection could mean bronchitis, pneumonia or coughing related to post nasal dripping. A child with pneumonia or bronchitis will not likely be up to going to school and the coughing will be very disruptive to other students. A child with a cold and post nasal dripping without a fever could go to school as long as cough not to disruptive. Any child with fever should stay home. ...Read more

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Can all day chest pain be from chest infection?

Can all day chest pain be from chest infection?

Chest pain: Yes, this can be due to infection in the lungs or other organs in the thorax (chest), but would usually be accompanied by other symptoms like fever, productive cough, malaise, etc. Anyone with chest pain should be seen by medical professionals and fully evaluated. If could be quite serious. Go to your family doctor, an urgent care center or ER and be seen. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a chest infection contagious?

Depends: It highly depends on the type of pathogen which has caused the infection if by the chest infection you mean pneumonia. ...Read more

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What to do if my young child has chest infection?

What to do if my young child has chest infection?

Depends on variables: The average kid will have 5-6 respiratory tract infections per year up to the age of 5.Most of these are minor and self heal. Some are complicated by secondary infections that may require an evaluation and special treatment. If concerned, discuss the particulars with your doctors office and see if an evaluation is recommended. ...Read more

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Help please? How long to get over chest infection?

Help please? How long to get over chest infection?

Can't say.: Is it a viral or bacterial infection? Is it a cold, bronchitis, pneumonia? Has there been a culture? What is the person's underlying level of health? What is the severity? Is it being treated? ...Read more

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Do you suggest going to school with a chest infection?

Do you suggest going to school with a chest infection?

Chest infecton: If you are sick, you should see your doctor, beside some " chest infections" can be contagious, you do not want to spread it around. So, go see your doctor and stay home until you get better. ...Read more

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Could exposure to old cat urine cause a chest infection?

Could exposure to old cat urine cause a chest infection?

Seems unlikely: I'm not sure 'how' you could get exposed to old cat urine, but perhaps if you were sweeping up an area with dust you could have inhaled something. The body does have mechanisms to protect from this sort of thing, but there are other factors such as your age, general health, and whether you smoke or not. Hopefully a doc is on your case -since if you're not getting better, you need proper evaluation ...Read more