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been ill for ages, not given antibiotics

hi everyone

About 3 weeks ago i came down with laryngitis and a really bad cough so i went to my gp an she told me i had a virus and inflammed lungs and gave me a 5 day course of prednisolone, i then came down with a cold last week which i still have, along with the bad cough. i will be going to the doctor on friday if still the same, but i was just wondering if my gp should of given me antibiotics due to the fact she gave me steroids and also because i was coughing up green phlegm which had an awful taste to it, which i told her but she didn't really listen to me.

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Doctors only prescribe antibiotics for Bacterial infections.

Viruses are not killed by antibiotics.

Do you have a temperature with it as well?

Let her know your concerns about the green phlem..........

Take care



my doctors used to give them to me when they gave me steroids cause i was told that they had a lower threshold for prescribing antibiotics for people with asthma, i was also thinking that maybe my i had picked up a bacterial infection due the length of time i have been ill for and the length of time i have been coughing up green phlegm, but will see how it goes


Hi lejaya, I quite often cough up green phlegm (sorry guys!) with a cold and chest pain, but sometimes when the doctor listens to my chest he says it's clear! I've never understood that as I always thought green phlegm was a sign of infection. When you go back to the GP ask her to listen to your chest and tell her again about the phlegm, even take a sample and show her!

Edit. There seems to be a much greater reluctance to prescribe antibiotics these days. Our old GP who retired a few years ago always gave me and my son antibiotics, even if he thought the chest was clear. He said we were more vulnerable to infections if we had a cold/chest pain. But the GP who took over won't prescribe them unless we definitely have a chest infection.


I have similar symptoms (although my chest was making noises) and have been given antibiotics rather than pred.

Guess it's all down to the dr's preference and attitudes to anti-b's. If it's no better at the end of the week its probably best to go back to your GP.


Increased phlegm, even green, can sometimes reflect inflammation rather than infection as such, so your GP may well have been right not to give antibiotics, as most flare-ups in asthmatics are viral.

I send off sputum samples frequently because I have bronchiectasis, and often the most disgusting looking samples come back showing only dead cells and other signs of inflammation, rather than any bacterial infection.

Hope you're soon feeling better. x



so i went back to the doctors today and when he listened to my chest he told me he could hear 'ronchi' which meant i had a chest infection, so he gave me antibiotics and some cough linnctus so hopefully will start to feel better soon!


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