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Severe Chest Infection Empyema
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
Having severe chest infection because when ever I take deep breath it starts cough wht should I do cnsultd many physicians they jst changed my medics?
Chronic bronchitis: You may have chronic bronchitis - this is a perpetual inflammation of the respiratory organ ie bronchi - and you will need a breathing inhaler or breathing machine for awhile - depending on the severity of the condition - to control this inflammatory process. I recommend that you see a pulmonary specialist and get a chest xray to rule out a tumor. If you smoke, you must stop! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A&e consultant told me my white cell count is only 3.3 and needs keeping an eye on - what causes this please? I've got a severe chest infection.
Complicated issue: There are many causes of low white blood cell counts, including a viral infection, which you may have. For additional information on this topic, you may consult this site. Do follow your doctor's advice for follow-up visits and care. http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/definition/sym-20050615 ...Read more
Possibilities...: This could be due to bronchospasm and inflammation that is unresolved from your recent infection. If so, a bronchodilator inhaler as well as a steroid inhaler would help the situation to resolve. Your doctor can make this diagnosis and prescribe this treatment. This is the most likely explanation but other possibilities include post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of factors. See your doctor. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Patients with advanced COPD can live for prolonged periods of time and there are measures to improve both length and quality of life. Specifics should be discussed with your doctor. Some measures that can be considered, include optimization of medications, o2 use when appropriate, pulmonary rehab, and lung volume reduction surgery, even lung transplant in highly selected patients. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have severe COPD and hospitalised a few months ago with a chest infection. Any preventive meds I should take?
Inhalers...: The treatment for COPD consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen, if your oxygen level is low enough to warrant this therapy. The best thing to do to prevent infection is to quit smoking and wash your hands very frequently. Avoid being around people with acute airway infections as much as possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chest infection in advanced cancer pt seen. Temperature at 35 and had severe breathlessness for 3 hours . What can be done ?
Cherish every hour: For comfort, consider an opiate drip or other administration of morphine. If the physician in charge things therapy directed to treating the infection is in order, or the patient wants aggressive treatment (I wouldn't; I'm familiar with the case you describe), then let it proceed. You're a good person and no one can say you haven't cared greatly. And take care of your own self, with gentleness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chest pain severe: You should call your doctor immediately to report your condition. You need to be re-checked and possible have tests e.g. Chest xray, ECG etc. ...Read more
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
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