Chest Infection

A chest infection is an infection that affects the lungs, airways, or both. It can be caused by a variety of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The most common types of chest infections are bronchitis and pneumonia. Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes that carry air to and from the lungs. Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue itself. Both of these conditions can cause symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, fever, and chills.

Chest infections can range from mild to severe and can be treated with antibiotics and over the counter medication such as pain relievers, decongestants, and cough suppressants. In some cases, chest infections can be serious and require hospitalization for treatment with intravenous antibiotics and oxygen therapy. If you have a chest infection it is important to seek medical attention, especially if you have underlying health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or if you are immunocompromised. Preventative measures such as getting vaccinated for the flu and pneumococcal disease, and avoiding exposure to cigarette smoke can help to reduce the risk of getting chest infections.

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