|Girl coughing, simple indication of chest infection|
Chest infection is a disease which disturbs the patient’s life badly. It is an infection that affects the lungs. It can affect either in the larger airways which is known as bronchitis or in the smaller air sacs, which is known as pneumonia. Chest infection is disease that can affect the people of all ages. Small children and elderly people can be affected by this disease. Patients of other diseases and people who smoke can be easily affected by this disease.
Shortness of breath which is known as Dyspnoea, coughing with possible discharge of colored phlegm, Fever, Malaise/feeling unwell, Cyanosis (blue coloration of the skin), Stomach pain, Chest pain, Headaches and Loss of appetite are some of the symptoms of chest infection. Some of the symptoms of chest infection on a child are vomiting, diarrhea and being irritable or lethargic.
Some of the main causes of chest infection are virus, bacteria and mycoplasma. Concomitant conditions such as asthma and sinus inflammation also can cause chest infection. Most of the chest infection patients can be treated at home itself. Our immune system will probably defend the infection. Sometimes, antibiotics will help to recover from this. Painkillers like paracetamol can be used if there is pain and fever with this. In some cases, the patients, especially young children should be admitted to hospital for further treatment. Elder people who are at greater risks of serious complications should be admitted to hospitals. Anyway it’s better to consult a doctor if you feel that you are infected by chest infection.