Chest Infections

Chest infections, or respiratory tract infections (RTIs), occur when your sinuses, throat, airways or lungs become infected. This can be caused by a virus or bacteria.

You can get an infection of the upper respiratory tract, which affects your nose, sinuses and throat. Or an infection of the lower respiratory tract, which affects your airways and lungs.

At the IPSA clinic you will be seen by our doctor with strong background in emergency medicine. We can offer you an immediate appointment at a time to suit you in a clean, quiet and confidential environment.

We will conduct a full examination to exclude any serious causes for your symptoms. Our doctors will always take your symptoms seriously.

We can provide a range of treatments to relieve distressing symptoms like wheezing and difficulty in breathing, and we can provide you with immediate treatment during your consultation.

Our doctors may prescribe antibiotics, anti-mucus mediation, analgesia, immunity boosters or a variety of inhalers as or when necessary.

We will provide easy access to the doctor via phone to answer any further worries or questions when you go home with your treatment.

At IPSA, we aim to give you complete peace of mind and full accessibility to our doctor following your consultation. We can also provide medical sick notes if needed.

What are the Symptoms?

A cough is the most common symptom of an upper RTI. Other symptoms include headaches, a stuffy or runny nose, a sore throat, sneezing and muscle aches.

If you have a lower respiratory tract infection, you may develop a severe cough and breathlessness. Other common symptoms are a cough, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis or bronchiolitis – which affects babies and children younger than two.

How Can I Manage My Symptoms?

You may be able to ease your symptoms at home with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. You should also drink plenty of fluids and take lots of rest.

The best way to avoid a chest infection and limit the spread of disease to others is through good hygiene. Make sure you regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water.

If you are feeling very unwell, you should visit a doctor at IPSA immediately.

Contact IPSA medical for an immediate consultation or book a same-day appointment online now.

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