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Chest Infections

Chest infections are a common phenomenon during the winters and in most cases they subside after a certain duration on their own without medical intervention. However, in some instances these infections can assume serious proportions and need immediate consultation with professional medical help. The NHS page on this subject lists the symptoms that demand immediate consultation with your GP. Delaying medical attention in such situations can lead to severe complications rapidly.

Types and Symptoms of Common Chest Infections

There are different types of chest infection which might be affecting you during winter season.  Some of the more frequently experienced conditions are:

·          Headaches and high temperature.

·         Difficulty in breathing.

·         Cough in the chest.

·         Varying degrees of chest pain.

Most of these symptoms will disappear in due course of time. The ones that persist are the ones that you need to be worried about. The types of chest infections which are commonly experienced during winters include acute bronchitis and pneumonia. Though both conditions manifest quite similar symptoms in the initial stages, the latter rapidly develops more serious manifestations.

Home Care against Chest Infections

There is a lot that can be done at home prior to approaching a doctor. These home remedies not only act as preventive measures but can be substantially helpful in reducing the severity of the condition and faster recovery. Some of the most effective home treatment steps include:

·     Increasing the intake of fluids, which prevents dehydration from setting in and also reduces the thickness of mucus thus facilitating it to come out as cough.

·         Adequate rest as it helps expedite the recovery process.

·        Sleeping with raised or double pillows which ensure a sound sleep thus aiding the recovery through better relaxation.

·         Restricting the number of cigarettes smoked in a day if you can't quit completely.

·         You can take simple medication for muscle aches and headaches, such as ibuprofen or even a paracetamol.

·        Do not depend excessively on cough syrups as they have not been proven to be very effective in the long run.

·         You can treat sore throats by making a warm mix of honey and lemon.

Though in most cases of bronchitis antibiotics are not always necessarry, there are certain situations such as pneumonia where they may prove effective and are necessary. You can consult online doctors to find out whether antibiotics are needed or not. At home you can simply pop in some antibiotic tablets to counter the condition. The same is administered intravenously in hospitals in the case of pneumonia.

Getting Help Online

There are several reliable online clinics which provide extremely useful assistance right from the comfort of your home. In cases of chest infections arising out of cold weather, these online resources can be extremely handy and time saving. One such trusted name on the internet which has been used by thousands of people is www.theonlineclinic.co.uk, which will provide immediate attention to your situation and suggest the right medications. The reliability of the site has been verified by many patients and encouraging testimonials are available online to support their authenticity.  However, in order to get the best benefits of an online consultation you will have to clearly spell out the symptoms and inform them about your previous medical history with special emphasis on allergies to medication.

Treatment by Doctors

In cases where the symptoms persist or aggravate, face to face medical help is the most sensible alternative. You should not delay this step so as to avoid complications. This is all the more important if the chest pain does not subside in a week to ten days, which is the normal course for a case of bronchitis. Suspected pneumonia must always be addressed through professional medical help in a hospital. While in most cases patients will be sent back home with a prescription of antibiotics, some may require to be admitted to the hospital for close monitoring. This decision depends on a variety of factors such as the severity of the condition, duration of the chest infection, age and susceptibility of the patient. This is more applicable for children and old people where the infection can take on serious dimensions rapidly.  Even after being given medicines to be taken at home, most patients will have to report back to the doctor for periodic review which may extend up to 6 weeks from thereafter.

 

There are several simple means to prevent the occurrence of chest infections during winters which can be easily undertaken at home. You can check out more detailed bronchitis information at various online medical sites and be prepared accordingly. Vaccinations are available that have proven effective in preventing pneumonia from developing in the first place. These are advisable for people who are prone to such chest infections during the cold season.