Chest infections are very common especially during autumn and winter.
Although most are mild some chest infections can be
The main symptoms that could indicate a chest infection are a persistent cough,
coughing up yellow or green phlegm or mucus, wheezing or shortness of breath,
chest pain or tightness, a high temperature or fever, a rapid heartbeat, a
headache, muscle aches and pains, generally feeling ill and tiredness.
Acute bronchitis which is often a viral infection and pneumonia which is often a
bacterial infection are the two main types of chest infections. Viral and
bacterial chest infections have overlapping symptoms but pneumonia
causes more severe symptoms while acute bronchitis symptoms are milder and
usually get better within a week you may have pneumonia if you experience
shortness of breath chest pain in one place when breathing in high fever or
you're feeling very ill.
How to treat a chest infection.
There are plenty of things you can try at home to help remedy a chest
Firstly make sure to get plenty of rest
to give your body a chance to recover.
Drinking lots of water is also important not only does this keep you hydrated but
it also helps loosen mucus so it's easier to cough up.
To help lower your fever and relieve headaches and muscle pains you can try
taking painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Elevating your head and chest at night with extra pillows can help clear your
chest of mucus.
if you're asthmatic or have another lung condition
use your inhaler to relax the muscles in your airwaves.
One quick and easy remedy for your chest infections you can try at home is making
a cup of hot lemon and honey simply boil a kettle and pour hot water into a mug
cut a lemon in half and squeeze into the mug making sure to keep the seeds out
then add one or two tablespoons of honey to the mixture and stir well drink this
while warm to help soothe your chest infection you might also want to try
gargling warm salty water. If you enjoyed this video make sure to like it and
share it with your friends. To learn more about chest infections dr. Sofia nalli
has written an in-depth guide for medics pot along with professor Jeremy Brown
you can find the link to the full guide in the description below.