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.

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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...

Could exposure to old cat urine cause a chest infection?

Seems unlikely. I'm not sure 'how' you could get exposed to old cat urine, but perhaps if you were sweeping up an area with dust you could have inhaled something. The body does have mechanisms to protect from this sort of thing, but there are other factors such as your age, general health, and whether you smoke or not. Hopefully a doc is on your case -since if you're not getting better, you need proper evaluation. Read more...

Since last thursday I have had a bad chest infection that came on quite suddenly. This morning I woke up with a white spot on my tonsil. What's the cause of this white spot?

Infection or ? a single white spot could be normal secretions that have formed a little seed of material, and are now stuck in the crypts in a normal tonsil. Multiple spots, along with a fever and pain, are often a response to a virus. Blotches of white to green goop that doesnt dislodge with gargling could be a sign of pathogenic bacteria, or (if you are immunosuppressed or taking steroids) monelia fungus. Read more...
Probably tonsilitis. Your chest inection probably caused the tonsils infection. Are you on any antibiotics ? You should be. Read more...

What are the risks if I suffer a recurrence of a pneumothorax (caused by chest infection) on a flight and what action should be taken?

Dangerous problem. A recurrent pneumothorax, especially on a flight could be very dangerous. If you fly frequently and have this history, you should see a thoracic surgeon for thoracoscopy, bleb resection and pleuredesis. Read more...
Pneumothorax . There is a risk but it is different for each case do talk to your pulmonologist before you fly. Read more...