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What are the symptoms of a chest infection?

What are the symptoms of a chest infection?

Cough, SOB,fever: The most common symptoms of pneumonia are cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, fever, chills, and chest pain on inspiration. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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 are the symptoms of a chest infection?

What are the symptoms of a chest infection?

Productive cough: When one has a chest infection, cough increases in order to clear out the excessive mucus production that one's immune system produces to help fight the infection. Fever may also be present and the mucus will often become discolored with either viral or bacterial infections. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a chest infection and is it fatal?

What are the symptoms of a chest infection and is it fatal?

Chest infection : Chest infection can present with cough , breathing difficulty , chest pain, headache and fever . They can be fatal if not treated .
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The symptoms of my chest infection developed in a month from bloody mucus to sob n chest discomfort. Does that mean it'll take as long to heal?

The symptoms of my chest infection developed in a month from bloody mucus to sob n chest discomfort. Does that mean it'll take as long to heal?

Pneumonia: Chest infections or pneumonias can sometimes take weeks to months for the inflammation to go down. And even though the infection has been cleared, the symptoms can linger that long too. Depending on the size and extent of your infection, it could take that long for symptoms to completely resolve. I'd ask your doctor specifically. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a chest infection, however the symptoms on a medical website symptom checker suggest pneumonia. Can you help with please?

I have been diagnosed with a chest infection, however the symptoms on a medical website symptom checker suggest pneumonia. Can you help with please?

Tomato tamato : Chest infection/pneumonia usually mean the same thing as long as your on the right antibiotic you should be fine. It will be up to you and your doctor to determine if your on the right meds. ...Read more

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Month and a half ago doctor told me I have chest infection and took medicine and got a little better but now all my symptoms are back againwhat is it?

Month and a half ago doctor told me I have chest infection and took medicine and got a little better but now all my symptoms are back againwhat is it?

Need more info: This is not a problem which can be solved over the internet. You need to go back and see your doctor. Make a list of each and every one of your symptoms and the sequence in which they occurred, and any other associated things you think are relevant and take this with you to the doctor and be examined and perhaps have imaging studies and labs. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a pft which shows "asthma". I have no problem inhaling fully, but exhaling is hard. My symptoms have gotten much worse after a chest infection.

Need evaluation: Pft can only show the degree of obstruction, whereas the diagnosis of asthma is a clinical one. For pts with asthma, chest infections can make things worse due to flare up of their airway inflammation. Sounds like you require urgent evaluation to treat acute symptoms & improve yr asthma management in the long run. Please talk to your doctor or an asthma specialist immediately. ...Read more

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Something has happened to my lungs 5 months ago when i had a chest infection and they won't get better. All symptoms point to copd. Pft showed asthma.

Something has happened to my lungs 5 months ago when i had a chest infection and they won't get better. All symptoms point to copd. Pft showed asthma.

Treatment...: Treatment for asthma includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. If symptoms continue, there are other treatments, including evaluation by an allergist to aggressively treat diagnosed allergies. A lung specialist can also assist the family doctor with diagnosis and treatment, so see a lung doctor as well if symptoms persist. If pft is not showing chronic obstruction, COPD is unlikely. ...Read more

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Reoccurring chest infection?

Reoccurring chest infection?

Chest infection : Chest infection are very common and anyone can get it but elderly, young children, smokers and people with long term Chest problems like asthma are more likely to get them .Quitting smoking, having a better control of asthma , taking flu vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine ( if someone has long term chest condition like COPD and over 65 ) , eating healthy diet could help to decrease chest infections ...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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What could cause a chest infection?

What could 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 long does a chest infection last?

How long does a chest infection last?

Days to months: Depending what type of infection it is and whether or not you receive appropriate treatment. A simple vrial infection/cold may last a few days; a wk or so for viral bronchitis and flu (cough may last 3 wks). 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. Good luck. ...Read more

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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

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Can a chest infection cause permanent damage?

Can a chest infection cause permanent damage?

Yes: It can cause bronchiectasis when some of the air tubes become blind alleys when they should be conducting air to your lung tissue. If may also destroy part of your lungs -depending on the type of infection. ...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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Can you tell me have i got a chest infection ?

Can you tell me have i got a chest infection ?

There is not: Enough information provided to answer this question. Please consider clarifying and re-asking. ...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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Why do I get back pains with my chest infection?

Why do I get back pains with my chest infection?

Pneumonia: Assuming this is pneumonia, or for that matter any infection involving the chest pain can radiate through to the back from nerves referring pain from the diaphragm, lungs, pleura (tissues around the lung), or general muscle pain from systemic infection. ...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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Should arthromycin clear chest infection in three days?

Maybe: Most chest infections start to improve in 72 hours but some can be more stubborn. Sometimes it may take 5-7 days to completely clear a patient's bronchitis. ...Read more

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How can you recover from a chest infection/cold quickly?

How can you recover from a chest infection/cold quickly?

Cold Tips:: Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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Is it bad to go jogging in winter with a chest infection?

Is it bad to go jogging in winter with a chest infection?

Until the following: The general rule for return to exercise, especially endurance exercise, is when you have no fever, no shortness of breath, minimal cough, minimal fatigue, and you overall are improving/feeling better. ...Read more

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What can I do to help avoid another nasty chest infection. ?

Wash your hands: And get your immunzations for the flu. If indicated, the Pneumovax vaccine is also recommended. ...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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I have chest infection with new pains, what do you recommend?

I have chest infection with new pains, what do you recommend?

Don't know the: extent of your infection. Have you already sought help? History, physical examination, blood work, Chest X ray? If this is causing you significant problems then would pursue medical assessment. Take care. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i get off pe because of a chest infection?

Pulmonary embolus: It is not the infection per se that causes the pe but the risks it provides. Virchows triad of clot formation: if the cells are abnormal and clot easily as in people with cancer, if there is abnormality in the blood vessel causing turbulence and clot formation as in trauma in the blood vessel and presence of central lines and stagnation of flow as in immobility like in sickness or after surgery. ...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?

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