British Lung Foundation

Chest infection

Hi I'm new here ! I have a chest infection not been well I would say for about 6 weeks started off with sore gland down one side of my neck then thinking I was going to come down with flu as I had flu like symptoms but not actually flu! Then I has an awful cough for weeks which has gone to my chest about 4 weeks ago finally gave up went to doctors they said I had a chest infection prescribed amoxicillin which didn't shift it, went back to the doctors prescribed prednisole 5mg to take 8 tablets every day for 5 days and also prescribed doxycycline 100mg tablets started off with two at the start to going to 1 tablet daily finished all of my meds and still feel unwell and I can still feel some pain in my chest and I feel so tired .... has anyone else had a chest infection that didn't seem to shift ??? Thanks

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I'm sorry your feeling unwell but perhaps you should go back to docs and ask for a sputum test so they can make sure their giving you the right medication for your infection best wishes.


Hello Venuser and welcome. I agree with Titchy about requesting a sputum test and examining your medication. Also, you may want to ask about bronchiectasis and the possibility that there is a link here with how you are feeling. Breathlessness is one sign of airways problems, along with the coughing and fatigue that you are experiencing. A sputum test could tell your GP, and more importantly you, if you are infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. or not, an organism or germ found in bronchiectasis.

Good luck,



Welcome to the site Venuser :), it can take a while to feel okay again after a bad chest infection and it could just be that you need time to recover properly. On the other hand, I agree with others, if you're still feeling unwell and not just weary then a trip back to the drs would be safest so that they can check whether the infection is gone or still lurking. Hope you begin to feel better soon x


Thankyou everyone for all your advice, much appreciated I'm going back to the doctors Monday see what they say ! Xx


sorry you unwell Yes I've had a chest infection for about two months ended up in hospital with an asthma attack last week on a cocktail of drugs, this is the first day I have been up since I got home for hospital x get well soon.


Oh bless you ! I hope you have a speedy recovery it just seems to take so long to recover worried about work aswell 😞X


Yes I have and on exactly same medicines as u still like it been going on 2 weeks now just had a nite in hospital still trying hopefully


Blimey it makes you wander how long it's going to last forever you have dizzy spells aswell ?


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