KEY SIGNS OF A CHEST INFECTION AND WHETHER THEY ARE CONTAGIOUS OR NOT-min

KEY SIGNS OF A CHEST INFECTION AND WHETHER THEY ARE CONTAGIOUS OR NOT

The Key Symptoms of Chest Infection

Check out these common chest infections symptoms;

  • Fever or increase in body temperature
  • Chest pain
  • Disorientated moods
  • Fatigue
  • Blood or yellow phlegm in your coughs
  • Confusion
  • Fast rapid heartbeats.
  • Persistent wheezing coughs
  • Troubled breathing
  • Spitting out of thick mucus when coughing

When to Contact Your GP If You Have A Severe Cough

I recommend you see a GP when

  • You have blood or thick mucus in your coughs.
  • You see a blue dash on the lips.
  • You have had persistent wheezing coughs for over 2 weeks.
  • You have troubled breathing, feel drowsy, and have endless chest pain.

Main Differences Between a Chest Infection and Covid – How to Spot The Difference

The key differences are stressed in the symptoms; chest infections do not cause a loss in the scent sense, have normal coughs, while COVID can trigger a loss in senses of taste and scent or come with new persistent coughs and higher body temperatures.

How contagious are chest infections? Should you “isolate” in the same way as if you had COVID-19?

Chest infections are normally not highly contagious; they don’t spread as fast as COVID or flu. To prevent spreading the infection, I advise you to cover the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.

How A Chest Infection Can Be Treated at Home Remedies

I suggest you implement these tricks to aid improve the symptoms;

  • Drink a warm lemon water and honey mixture to ease the sore throat caused by coughing.
  • Stay hydrated and inhale steam from hot water to break down the persistent coughs.
  • Consider some painkillers to lower headaches like ibuprofen.
  • Get more rest.

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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