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Chest cold

2wks ago got chest cold ,went to a@e,got a/b and soluble steroids,meow ever my peak flow still not brill,still got a wheeze,went to docs today ,got some normal steroids for 2wks,she said ther was still some inflammation left from the infection,but still feel awfull,lethargic etc,e says I may have picked up a viral bug too,it just seems like its never going to end

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Having as chest infection can take several weeks to fully get over. They way you are feeling is not unusual - it is a common misconception that chest infections are completley gone at the end of a course of AB's. And quite commonly people don't give themselves enough time to fully recover.

If you have picked up a viral infection as well then that is just adding to making you feel rubbish.

So you need to make sure you complete all the meds you have been given - plenty of rest - drink lots of fluids - and just look after yourself. You will start to feel better - just not a soon as you hoped.

Give us a call on 03000 030 555 if you would like to talk anyhting through with one of our nurses.



Thank you, I started my steroids wen I got back this morning,Gotta take them for 10days

How long does it take roughly for steroids to kick in?

my husbnad said 3 daysor so but maybe sooner depends on how bad you might be at the time.

remeber to take all 8 or all 6 in one go.

Hi meg, sorry to hear you are feeling rubbish, I have been the same for weeks on and off, since the new year one infection after another and then told it was viral, I am just beginning to feel back to normal now, I think it takes us longer to get over any illnesses we get, can't just shake it off like we used to, hope you feel better soon, take care x

Best wishes Ju

Yes I think ur right ,yrs ago I sused to shake it off quickly,but as I'm past 60,it seems harder,and the weather hadn't helped has it?

Yes meg the weather has been awful this winter but thankfully the summer is on its way, hooray!!

Hope so Hun xxx

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