If a chest infection damaged your lungs is it permanent?

Lungs grow a little. Depending on the type of infection, and the extent of it, it's possible that there may be scarring or other permanent damage. However, lungs do recover gradually over time--especially for younger people. Your best bet at this point is to keep your lungs as healthy as possible going forward: never smoke, use precautions in workplace with breathing hazards, and exercise regularly!
Depends. Truly damaged or dead lung tissue does not grow back. But chest infections rarely permanently damage your lungs.
Lung infection. Depending on the extent and cause of the infection will determine if there was actual damage done. There is low likelihood that you will have long lasting damage from one infection. Long term inflammation from chronic conditions such as COPD, which are frequently brought on by smoking will cause progressive damage over time. However, at your age, there is low likelihood of permanent damage.
It depends . It depends on two things . First , what kind of infection was it ? Viral? Bacterial? Fungal? . Second, what exactly do you mean with permanent damage ? Scar tissue? Some fungal infections can leave scar tissue and may even require surgey to remove segments of your lung . When appropriately treated people can continue on with their lives . .
CXR findings. Some chest infections can damage lungs - bronchiectasis at a young age can lead to having asthma and other problems later on. Some infections like TB can cause a walled off healed infection called a granuloma. Pneumonia can sometimes cause scarring as it heals. The significance of these can vary from nothing to significant. Check with your doctor to be sure. Good Luck!

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Can a chest infection cause permanent damage?

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What are signs of a lung or chest infection?

Depends on symptoms. If you never had issues before then symptoms include cough/sputum/fevers shortness of breath. Should you have any lung problems before then any changes from your normal would be considered a possible infection. Example asthmatic who rarely uses inhaler now has to use inhaler 4-5x's aday. This is a change from norm. Any concerns see md or urgent care. Don't let symptoms get out of hand. Read more...

Small chest infection on the right lung since saturday, how long will it last for as I feel exellent, I had a temp, cought but they ended 2days ago.

It depends . Pneumonia or infection of the lung tissues varies in severity according to the infecting agent, your age & immunity and time taken till the start of treatment. Apparently in your case it wasn't a severe case or your immunity and the early treatment kicked off rapidly or both. It is a good sign that your symptoms resolved quickly. Finish your meds & followup with your doc. Read more...

Went to my GP due to a chest infection He said he heard some crackles in my lungs does this mean pneumonia or can it still be just a chest infection?

Not necessarily . A chest infection can be either viral or bacterial. Both of these can cause the mentioned crackles. Plead follow the advice of your doctor and return to see him if your symptoms worsen. . Read more...

My daughter is 5 yrs old & has a very bad chest infection I just want to ask if she can use saline nebs to loosen thick secretions in her lungs?

Bronchosaline. This is sold in may pharmacies over the counter in a big canister capable of delivering treatment size doses . It is commonly uses to dilute concentrated asthma medications but can be used to help loosen the mucous in the lungs & let it be coughed up. Make sure you keep your tubing clean between uses as the moisture can attract mold. I occasionally recommend it's use. Read more...

How is COPD confirmed? I'm 27, have asthma, have smoked in the past, and after a bad chest infection 5 months ago my lungs have still not recovered.

PFT's. Pulmonary function testing. It will measure the volume of your lungs before and after being given an agent to dilate your air sacs (alveoli). There is also characteristic measurements and the shapes of those measurements are characteristic as well. Read more...
Pulm Function Test. Pulmonary function testing. It would be very unusual for you to have COPD at age 27. Given your history of asthma, your lungs are more susceptible to infections and other insults. Usually to have COPD we consider the equivalent of 10 years of smoking one pack per day and being age 40 and older. Did you have a follow-up chest x-ray after your pneumonia? I would recommend to see a pulmonologist. Read more...

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Mgt. The pain associated from fluid is caused by inflammation around the lung. If it is difficult to breathe or if you have high fever, it is important to seek Emergency medical care. In the meantime, if there is some mild pain with breathing in, a humidifier, keeping well hydrated and monitoring your temperature is advised. The flu can cause a number of respiratory problems eg bacterial pneumonia. Read more...