Chest Cold Symptoms (Acute Bronchitis)

Chest Cold Symptoms:

"Chest Cold" is another term for the disease known as Acute Bronchitis. It usually refers to a disease of the lower respiratory tract that affects specifically the lungs. It is often caused by a viral infection, such as the flu or an upper respiratory infection.

The symptoms that develop during a Chest Cold are the result of an inflammation of the airways located in the lungs.

The severity of the symptoms will be determined by factors such as:

  • Age.
  • General health.
  • Medical history.

Symptoms can become severe if you already suffer from a chronic illness such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or Congestive Heart Failure, as well as in very young or very old individuals.

The symptoms of the Chest Cold are:

  • Chest congestion.
  • Chest pain/tightness when you cough.
  • Chills.
  • Fatigue.
  • Fever.
  • Loose or wet cough.
  • Thick white or yellow phlegm.
  • Shortness of breath.

A Chest Cold must be carefully monitored for it can lead to some very serious complications, as for example pneumonia.

Some signs of serious complications include:

  • Changes in the lever of consciousness.
  • The person may start to appear confused or disoriented.
  • You hear gurgling sounds coming from the throat.
  • The onset of a high fever (more than 101 degrees).
  • Lethargy.
  • Shortness of breath (could be moderate or severe).
  • Breathing that becomes rapid and/or labored.
  • Rapid pulse.
  • Wheezing.

The chances of a chest cold from occurring can be reduced by following these measures:

  • Try to avoid having contact with a person that already has a Chest Cold, a cold, or the flu.
  • Keep away from pollutants in the air such as smoke.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Wash your hands as often as possible.

When treating a Chest Cold, the main purpose is to keep it from developing into a more serious condition as mentioned before, such as pneumonia, and controlling the already existing symptoms.

Forms of treatment will generally include one or more of the following:

  • Antibiotics.
  • Bronchodilators to help with breathing and/or shortness of breath.
  • Cool-mist vaporizer.
  • Plenty of fluids of avoid dehydration.
  • Fever reducers.
  • Rest as much as possible.
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