The symptoms of both chest infection and the common cold can be similar. The person is first infected with a cold or flu, followed by a chest infection, which later becomes more fatal.
Chest infection or common cold: Common cold or common cold is usually a viral disease that affects upper respiratory tract infections. A person is first infected with a cold or flu, followed by a chest infection, which later becomes more fatal. Chest infection affects the lower respiratory tract and bronchial tubes. A chest infection can also be caused by viruses or bacteria. Chest infection refers to inflammation of the airways (tubes) that carry air to the lungs. Due to the drop in temperature during winter, the bacteria-fighting cells in the nose get damaged.
Symptoms of common cold Symptoms
of both chest infection and the common cold can be similar such as mild fever, body ache, cough, and weakness. However, difficulty in breathing, tightness in the chest, feeling of heaviness in the chest, etc. are symptoms of chest infection. There are some symptoms of a common cold that are not experienced in a chest infection. A person with a common cold will experience sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and watery eyes. Common colds can last for 6-7 days depending on the immunity of the person.
There is no medical treatment for chest infections and colds. Also, avoid taking antibiotics as they may not work in most viral infections. In both cases, it is advised to take plenty of rest, drink warm liquids like soup, warm water, etc. and avoid caffeine. Also, take steam from a bowl of hot water. If one is looking for immediate relief from the symptoms, one can opt for the nasal spray. It will bring relief from breathing problems and a stuffy nose. Using a humidifier can also help loosen mucus and maintain a warm temperature for the body. You should talk to your family doctor about the seasonal flu vaccine.
(Disclaimer: The information given here is based on home remedies and general information. Must take medical advice before adopting it. Kalamtimes does not confirm it.)