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Doctor insights on: Viral Chest Infection Symptoms

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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

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

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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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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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What can you do to tell if a chest infection is viral or bacterial?

What can you do to tell if a chest infection is viral or bacterial?

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

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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 ?

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
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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

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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?

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

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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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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

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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