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Viral Chest Infection Symptoms
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
After having a bad viral chest infection an no exercise for 2 months will I find it hard once I return to exercise? As I was fit
2=2: Unfortunately "you can't take it where you left it". You risk injury. You will need to take it easy at first and gradually increase your aerobics, weights, etc.until you reach your pre-illness level. If you were out for 2 months, it might take you 2 months to get back. ...Read more
Infection: Culture and various serological testing can often identify the likely organism responsible for infection, and this includes the presence of antigens in urine, sputum and blood as well as antibodies. Often the clinical presentation of the illness will suggest the likely culprit, but proving it definitively may be difficult. ...Read more
Have a viral chest infection. Inhaler for that, but can't get rid of the terrible cough. Any tips so i can get a nights sleep
Steroids: Your viral infection may be triggering a more severe asthma type cough and the bronchodilating inhaler i suspect you are using may need to be augmented with a short course of steroids. You may also need to have a chest x-ray to make sure you don't have pneumonia. If it continues you should see your doctor. ...Read more
When I take a deep breath my breastbone feels tight an it makes me cough feel can't fill my lungs been 2 months started from viral chest infection?
Inflammation: It is not uncommon to have inflammation in the joints of the breastbone where the ribs attached (called costochondritis) for many weeks after a bout of lung infection. However, if symptoms are not abating or are getting worse, you should seek evaluation. Sometimes, the infections have not fully resolved, or a new infection may have taken hold. ...Read more
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
I have been diagnosed with a chest infection, however the symptoms on a medical website symptom checker suggest pneumonia. Can you help with please?
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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