Hi. I'm new here.
I have a question about viral vs. bacterial chest infection. Last week I came down with a sort of mild head cold (sore throat but not the usual sneezing/runny nose). Now I've been coughing up green phlegm since Monday.
I spoke to my GP (but only over the phone) who has given me antibiotics (ammoxillin) and preds in case it gets worse when I'm away over the weekend. My question is, should I wait for it to get worse before taking the antibiotics?
I feel like my lungs are pretty good, but all the irritation/tightness is in my airway. This is really typical of the chest infections I get. Some docs I've seen in the past have totally missed the chest infection, thinking I just have a cold, until it's developed moved properly on to my lungs. Having a terrible chest infection about 6 years ago has led me to take antibiotics at the first sign of trouble. Is it likely that it will just clear up itself? This hasn't happened before.
FYI, I'm on Seretide 125, rarely take blue inhaler.