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:
- 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.
- 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).
- Shortness of breath (could be moderate or severe).
- Breathing that becomes rapid and/or labored.
- Rapid pulse.
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:
- 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.