A chest infection is an infection of the lungs or large airways, weakens you, and saps morale. Most people experience these infections at some point in their lives. Many are mild and clear up by themselves, but others can be severe or even life-threatening.

Pneumonia is a serious condition associated with chest and lung infections. See a doctor if you experience any breathing difficulties or are worried about developing pneumonia.

Doctor examining a lung radiography to see if the patient have chest infection

Symptoms Of A Chest Infection

The most common symptoms of chest infections are a cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and chest pain. A cough may last up to three weeks, and you may cough up green or thick mucus.

Many people also report a high temperature, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. All of these symptoms are unpleasant, but usually clear up on their own after a week or two.

If your cough lasts more than three weeks, or if you feel unwell or your symptoms worsen seek medical assistance. Other symptoms of a chest infection include feeling drowsy or confused.

If you cough up blood or blood-stained mucus, then this could be a sign of a more serious health condition. You may be at risk of developing pneumonia if your symptoms are severe. In such a case be sure not to delay seeing your doctor.

Chest Infection Can Be Serious

Pneumonia is a serious infection that can make breathing more difficult and requires medical attention. People with long-term health conditions affecting the heart or lungs are more at risk of developing severe symptoms.

For example, if you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis you could be more likely to develop complications. If you suffer from asthma, a chest infection can make it much worse. Elderly people are more likely to get infections, take longer to recover, and need proper care.

Your doctor is the best person to consult if you are concerned about developing a serious chest infection. They may ask if you have been vaccinated against pneumococcal infection.

They will discuss any symptoms with you, assess your overall health and advise you accordingly.

If you are a smoker, they will no doubt recommend that you quit smoking. Eating a healthy diet, getting a good night’s sleep, and having a sensible exercise regime are also important.

Haym Salomon Home

At Haym Salomon Home for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Brooklyn NY, we listen to our clients and take their medical problems seriously, whatever their symptoms or complications. Our experienced staff know all about chest complaints and how to reduce the risk of pneumonia developing.

We deliver superb nursing care and treat chest infection patients with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Contact us any time if you would like to learn more about our care and treatment services. We are here to answer any questions and concerns you may have. Let our financial and admissions services staff know how they we can help. Their job is to smooth out any concern regarding the stay and payments.

This blog is for general educational purposes only and is no substitute for professional medical advice. For any questions or concerns about your own medical condition, or health issues you need resolving, speak to a qualified doctor.