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Infection and breathless

Hi I have had a chest infection following a bout of flu. I have had amoxicillin and prednisone since Friday and I'm still very wheezy. I wouldn't say it's got worse but hate the fact it's not better. Putting off going to out of hours as they are so busy and I may just be panicking... any thoughts ( I have mild copd) thank you

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Hello Lost29, in answer to your question, when you take an emergency pack, you need to complete the weeks course of steroids and antibiotics and you've only been taking them for three days. If by next Friday you still feel the same then go back. Sometimes a weeks course is not enough, I've found that at different times. Hope you feel better soon ✋️😊

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Thank you so much, this is all new to me, so i'm thinking I'm doomed! This is wonderful to be able to refer to experienced people and thank you for putting my feet back on the ground 😊

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Your welcome, we all need help and advice from time to time and this site has offered me all of that , from people that know from experience. Take care and stay warm, come back for a chat and let us know how you get on. Get well soon ✋️😊

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Ask for a different antibiotic I had a infection and ended up in AE I had been taking Amoxilian in the end I ask to be put on doxi and within a day or so felt a lot better xx

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Call NHS24 they will assess and send ambulance now thinkin if I x

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Lost29 only has mild copd and it is normal to be wheezy for a while after a chest infection. I doubt they would need an ambulance!

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I'm doing ok now thank you just a little breathless and wheezy.

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Afer finishing a course of Antibiotic and steroids, the infection may not be completely cleared. GP can give you either Doxycyclene and Prednisolone, or I found ( from my GP ) a good antibiotic that's a broader spectrum than the MetaCillin types, called Cefelexin. I have modereate COPD and it certainly stamped all over the infection for me.

Contact the GP surgery to see their respiratory nurse or health professional to see what help and advice they can give.. if you keep getting infections they can refer you to a pulmonary rehabilitation course, something well worth attending, as the give both advice and 'tools' useful for everyday management of COPD .

And always keep a supply of emergency stand by meds, so you can get infection control started asap, and keep replenishing after using, whilst waiting for GP or nurse consult.

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Hi i have copd and bronchiectasis im constantly on amoxicillin i now have a bacterial iti and possible chest infection doc has given me cefelaxin and i have high anxiety towards meds so havnt took it yet im frightened in casw i get a reaction to it.

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Great advice thank you. Such early days and I'm learning. Thank you again

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I had the same xmas time, you need to give the steroids time to kick in. Keep taking them for 2 weeks..

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Lost29,

Don't let it get you down and lost, I've had 3No lots of antibiotics since 21st December, it's not that unusual for us types at this time of year. Amoxicillin I don't find very effective, try Clarihromycin or Doxycycline with Prednisiolone they seem better suited to sort out a chest infection, go see your GP for a change in meds.

IKeith

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