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    • justaquestion
    • By justaquestion 9th Jan 18, 12:23 PM
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    Anyone else dealing with chest infection?
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    • 9th Jan 18, 12:23 PM
    Anyone else dealing with chest infection? 9th Jan 18 at 12:23 PM
    Hello,

    That time of year again when I am stuck down with a heavy chest infection, second one this Winter.

    Same story every year, as I have always suffered from this, and some people have remarked that I seem to get it worse than a lot of others they know.

    Violent coughing to clean phlegm in one of my lungs, every couple of hours I have to do this every night.

    Sometimes streaked with blood, been to GP who gave me some antibiotics, but seem to be slow enough acting, so maybe its a viral infection.

    I am a non smoker.

    Just wondering if anyone else has managed to deal with frequent chest infections? my GP says I don't have chronic Bronchitis, but then he/she has never really seen me at my worst, and a lot of the time I don't go near Gp if I can help it, I wait for it to clear up by itself

    I try everything, Vicks Vapour run in hot water, but constant year on year things really gets me down.

    Just wondering if you suffer from same thing, how do you go about managing it?
    Many Thanks
    Last edited by justaquestion; 09-01-2018 at 12:30 PM.
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    • House Martin
    • By House Martin 9th Jan 18, 7:03 PM
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    Every cold leaves me with after effects of a chest infection which can take months to clear up.This could be viral or bacterial.
    I know the docs do not like giving antibiotics out nowadays but if the phlegm is a greeny colour then its either viral or bacterial infection deep in the nice warm lungs where they can thrive for weeks if you have a poor immune system.
    Asthmatics are always advised to go to the Doctors on the sight of green phlegm
    I would go to the doctors hoping for a course of antibiotics which will help kill bacterial infections but wont touch viral infection.
    • justaquestion
    • By justaquestion 9th Jan 18, 10:37 PM
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    Thanks a lot for reply.

    To be honest since I have suffered from chest infections all my life, I find as I am getting older I am finding it increasingly difficult to deal with, like how good is my quality of life having to live like this, and GP's reluctant to prescribe antibiotics, surely if a person's life is affected so much by this, then why bit try the patient with antibiotics.

    My ideal situation would be to have a few courses of antibiotics in stock then I could prudently choose if infection got bad to at least give them a try, but definitely not missuse them.

    I know that you can buy on internet but I don't know any reputable site to buy them from.
    Last edited by justaquestion; 09-01-2018 at 10:40 PM.
    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 17th Jan 18, 3:12 AM
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    • 17th Jan 18, 3:12 AM
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    • 17th Jan 18, 3:12 AM
    I normally have a very bad chest infection most years. It does feel the same every year (like I am coughing up razor blades and feels like it goes from my chest to my ears). No other symptoms (no blocked nose, no streaming or itchy eyes, just the cough). I've only had one year where I had a few streaks of blood in the cough but most of the time it is a dry cough and means no sleeping on my back and trying to not cough because it just hurts too much. I'm waiting for it to return this year...


    I have in the past been on antibiotics for it but each time it would take two courses of two different antibiotics to work. It's not as if I like taking antibiotics (without going into mass consipritally sounding details, you'll have trust me on that!) but the pain from coughing gets too bad.


    I would say the best thing to do is to go back to your GP and keep going back if the treatment they have offered does not work or has not helped enough. My GP once told me if you don't go back they assume that what they have given you has worked and is a cure. If it isn't and you still need help, go back because they can do more but will always start at the lest intrusive and mildest form of treatment first before moving up a scale with each time you return.


    But like I say; if you don't go back they assume you are fine, you are cured and you are happy with the situation. Go back if this is not the case.
    • justaquestion
    • By justaquestion 17th Jan 18, 4:40 PM
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    • 17th Jan 18, 4:40 PM
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    Thanks,

    Well I did go back and he is sending me for a chest x-ray.

    I would hope that would show up anything that might not be right, though I am not sure on this.
    Thanks.
    • purple12
    • By purple12 20th Jan 18, 12:10 PM
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    • 20th Jan 18, 12:10 PM
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    • 20th Jan 18, 12:10 PM
    I have got frequent chest infections for years. Never smoked but always asked about it at doctors. I've had chest x-rays before and had another one last week - because it was particularly bad this year so am back to the GP next week for results but I can definitely empathise. I don't really have any ways of managing particularly well though. I hate the coughing so much
    • queengoth
    • By queengoth 24th Jan 18, 3:14 AM
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    • 24th Jan 18, 3:14 AM
    None smokers here too but I had a few years where it seemed to be one after another. Cough seemed never to go, I know it sounds daft but it always seemed to clear up after my holiday in florida, this year we haven!!!8217;t been away and I have a chest infection for the first time in about 4 years. I think is the constant damp weather we have in the UK and the air conditioned offfices. Either that or it!!!8217;s time to get out the tin foil hat lol
    I went through the rounds of X-rays, and scans and nothing ever showed up which although a relief didn!!!8217;t help when I was still hacking away, I think some people are just more prone to it. Sorry it's not very helpful, hope everything comes up clear. Drinking flat diet drinks does help a bit if you have a tickle in the throat, don!!!8217;t wasted money on the commercial cough things, I found none of them worked.
    Last edited by queengoth; 24-01-2018 at 3:24 AM.
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    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 25th Jan 18, 6:39 PM
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    Other thing could be you're allergic to something in your environment - dust mite droppings and/or mould spores, both of which tend to be worse in winter because windows are closed and we aren't out in the fresh air as much.

    It wouldn't hurt to look at washing all your bedlinen on a very hot wash, vacuuming thoroughly including the mattress, replacing pillows and cleaning your curtains/rugs, plus cleaning down all places where mould can grow (bathroom, around windows, back of wardrobes, etc) and dusting all corners of rooms and tops of furniture - even if it makes no difference at all, the worst you'll have is a brilliantly clean home out of it and the same cough.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
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