Chest Infection

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Chest Infection

Chest infection, viz. cold or flu commonly occurs especially during autumn & winters.

Signs & symptoms of Chest Infection

The common signs & symptoms associated with chest infection are:

  • a persistent cough & coughing up thick mucus blood
  • breathlessness or rapid and shallow breathing
  • wheezing
  • fever
  • chest pain
  • feeling confused
  • disorientated

Causes & risk factors of Chest Infection

The causes & risk factors of chest infection are:

  • It is an infection of the main airways of the lungs, bronchi leading to inflammation of bronchi.
  • It is the inflammation of lungs caused by infection. The treatment of pneumonia includes rest, antibiotics & fluids intake.
  • Smoking
  • Asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Weak immune system

Prevention & Treatment of Chest Infection

  • Lot of rest
  • Intake of fluids to prevent dehydration and to loosen the mucus in the lungs
  • Treating headaches, fever and aches and pains with painkillers
  • Raising your head up with extra pillows while you’re sleeping – to make breathing easier
  • Using an air humidifier or inhaling steam from a bowl of hot water
  • Stopping smoking & alcohol intake.
  • Eating healthy diet will boost the immune system.
  • Vaccinations reduce the chances of getting chest infections in the future.

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