Worried About Your Chest Cold?
A chest cold is a cold in the chest, also known as bronchitis. It is an inflammation or irritation of the airways in the lung. It is generally caused by a viral infection, but it could be because of bacteria or by exposure to smoke, an air pollutant, cigarette smoke or some other irritant.
A chest cold usually starts after a few days of upper respiratory tract infection, like a cold. Symptoms of course include cough (initially can be dry but productive later), fatigue, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, wheezing and mild fever. It may last up to a few weeks depending upon the severity of the disease.
It is important to see your doctor if you have high grade fever, breathing difficulties or blood in your sputum. There can be some serious conditions which may be similar to chest cold. Exclusion requires a thorough history of your symptoms and a complete examination.
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