How long does a chest infection last?

How long does a chest infection last?

How long does it take to recover from a chest infection? Most chest infection symptoms typically go away within 7 to 10 days, although a cough can last up to three weeks. See your doctor if your symptoms haven’t improved or have gotten worse in this time.

How do you know if you have an infection in your chest?

The main symptoms of a chest infection can include:

  1. a persistent cough.
  2. coughing up yellow or green phlegm (thick mucus), or coughing up blood.
  3. breathlessness or rapid and shallow breathing.
  4. wheezing.
  5. a high temperature (fever)
  6. a rapid heartbeat.
  7. chest pain or tightness.
  8. feeling confused and disorientated.

Is a chest infection an emergency?

Go to a 24-hour emergency center immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: Difficulty breathing. Chest pain. Coughing up blood.

Are chest infections serious?

There is a build-up of pus and fluid (mucus), and the airways become swollen, making it difficult for you to breathe. Chest infections can affect people of all ages. Young children and the elderly are most at risk, as well as people who are ill and smokers. A chest infection can be serious for these people.

What is the fastest way to cure a chest infection?

Do

  1. get plenty of rest.
  2. drink lots of water to loosen the mucus and make it easier to cough up.
  3. raise your head up while sleeping using extra pillows to make breathing easier and clear your chest of mucus.
  4. use painkillers to bring down a fever and ease headaches and muscle pain.

Should I go to A&E with chest infection?

See a GP if you have a chest infection and: you feel very unwell or your symptoms get worse. you cough up blood or blood-stained mucus. you’ve had a cough for more than 3 weeks.

How quickly can a chest infection turn into pneumonia?

The symptoms of pneumonia can develop suddenly over 24 to 48 hours, or they may come on more slowly over several days.

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