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Paging ChumpusRex...

I didn't leave the house all Easter weekend as I've been laid up (Again, wasn't that long ago I was badly ill!) with a stonking viral bug. Basically the flu without the all over muscle/body ache.

I went down the Dr's to beg a few strong sleeping tablets as chamomile, Nytol, melatonin, and Sominex were not making a dent. Zopiclone is wondrous stuff. (I had been naturally sleeping 16 hours out of every 24 when it was really bad but suddenly got sleepless due to feeling crappy, a wonderful combo of tiredness and illness)

I got those and as I have a persistent productive cough the Dr gave me a course of amoxicillin to take if it doesn't start to clear up.

I'm wary of anti-biotics after reading about various horrible side effects...I see them as a life or death type drug, so they're still sealed in the box.

However I know penicillin is somewhat more 'natural' and wondered if it would be worth asking for some instead or if I'd get told to do one...

Gotta go back to work tomorrow too. :(

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Amoxicillin is an extended spectrum penicillin - essentially it's a synthetic version that is able to bypass a common form of penicillin resistance.

These days, chest infections are resistant to traditional penicillin in a large proportion of cases but sensitive to Amoxicillin in many cases. As a result penicillin is not normally recommended as the first treatment for chest infection.

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i recommend Whisky, saws, leeches, and ECT. That should cure just about everything!

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That was quick! Many thanks ChumpusRex.

I'll have to see how it goes - would you concur with taking only if absolutely necessary?

At present it's unpleasant, but just being able to sleep has made it easier to cope with.

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i recommend w/hisky, saws, leeches, and ECT. That should cure just about everything!

If I could stomach a Jamesons I'd be all over that right now Pinny! I think that's more preventative though, I definitely once stopped the onset of something with a few whiskys and a cigar.

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I got a cold about six weeks ago. All upper respiratory - blocked sinuses, yellow mucus, touch of a sore throat. The latter passed quickly. The rest persisted on and off for three weeks. Seemed to be going away. However my throat then felt slightly swollen - though not sore.

We adopted three cats. I am mildly allergic to cats. I expected an allergy outbreak since it has been four months since our last one passed. This apparently happened. Took antihistamine. Seemed to suppress it a bit. Though the only one which works is Cetrizine and the side effects are so horrendous that I'll often choose the allergy over the antihistamine.

Three weeks on, feeling similar but worse. Two days away at parents - OK let's see if it goes away (so it's allergy) or if it stays (so it's infection). It was actually worse. Probably because of not having antihistamine which dries out mucus. Sore throat, woke in night dripping wet. Today, yucky taste on coughing.

Last time I had a chest infection I was 26 and it took Erithromycin to clear it, so going to give it a few days and go and see the doctor - the most concerning aspect is the swollen slightly tight throat.

Partner just had what we think was tonsillitis so I'm sure this is all infection related but after so many weeks I've had enough :(

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If I could stomach a Jamesons I'd be all over that right now Pinny! I think that's more preventative though, I definitely once stopped the onset of something with a few whiskys and a cigar.

Yes, probably romance! Being a pissed up chain-smoker, is not seen as desirable in some circles!

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Yes, probably romance! Being a pissed up chain-smoker, is not seen as desirable in some circles!

I remain relieved my smoking companion did not find the situation romantic ;)

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I got a cold about six weeks ago. All upper respiratory - blocked sinuses, yellow mucus, touch of a sore throat. The latter passed quickly. The rest persisted on and off for three weeks. Seemed to be going away. However my throat then felt slightly swollen - though not sore.

We adopted three cats. I am mildly allergic to cats. I expected an allergy outbreak since it has been four months since our last one passed. This apparently happened. Took antihistamine. Seemed to suppress it a bit. Though the only one which works is Cetrizine and the side effects are so horrendous that I'll often choose the allergy over the antihistamine.

Three weeks on, feeling similar but worse. Two days away at parents - OK let's see if it goes away (so it's allergy) or if it stays (so it's infection). It was actually worse. Probably because of not having antihistamine which dries out mucus. Sore throat, woke in night dripping wet. Today, yucky taste on coughing.

Last time I had a chest infection I was 26 and it took Erithromycin to clear it, so going to give it a few days and go and see the doctor - the most concerning aspect is the swollen slightly tight throat.

Partner just had what we think was tonsillitis so I'm sure this is all infection related but after so many weeks I've had enough :(

Blimey mate that's rough :(

This kicked on Friday (Was absolutely fine Thursday) and I've had enough already

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The doc has prescribed them so you should take them but make sure YOU COMPLETE THE COURSE even if you start to feel much better in a day or two.

If the cough persists get back and see the Doc. Friend of mine has had a persistent cough on and off for about a year, was prescribed Amoxy and it did seem to clear it up only for it to return a couple of weeks later.

After half a dozen referral's biopsy's and a CT scan over the last 4-5 Months they gave him the news last week that he has...

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pulmonary-fibrosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

and have given him life expectancy of 3 - 5 years....... Chap is 68 and an ex miner which I think is related but they call is idiopathic....

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I always take Benylin for chesty coughs, helps you sleep too because it has some antihistamine in it. I only have half the dose it says but then I'm very slim so don't need much to knock me out :)

Hope you're feeling better soon.

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If it helps I had similar before Christmas. Truly evilly productive cough, flu like symptoms, incredible night fevers, the runny nose from hell. Took about 3 weeks to properly recover.

The cough did go away though. I found some breathing exercise on the internet help for controlling the cough, together with liberal applications of Vicks on the soles of my feet (and then putting socks on) helpful. Might be an old wives tale, but I was getting desperate by then.

This weird cold seems to be making its way around practically everyone at work over a period of around 3-4 months. I was one of the earliest, but not patient zero as I know just who I caught it off. If any of my team get it I tell them to stay at home until it goes away - but people think the evil thing has gone before it comes back with a vengeance.

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For the first time in my life I've been having breathing probs this winter - so much flu around which seems to be going for the lungs above all else... still not shaken it quite yet... only things that have helped are benyllin and lions tail (herb) which the Romans and Greeks used for respiratory issues.

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For any ladies with a "chest infection", My saliva is rather good! It's anti bacterial! :huh::D

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Paging ChumpusRex...

I didn't leave the house all Easter weekend as I've been laid up (Again, wasn't that long ago I was badly ill!) with a stonking viral bug. Basically the flu without the all over muscle/body ache.

I went down the Dr's to beg a few strong sleeping tablets as chamomile, Nytol, melatonin, and Sominex were not making a dent. Zopiclone is wondrous stuff. (I had been naturally sleeping 16 hours out of every 24 when it was really bad but suddenly got sleepless due to feeling crappy, a wonderful combo of tiredness and illness)

I got those and as I have a persistent productive cough the Dr gave me a course of amoxicillin to take if it doesn't start to clear up.

I'm wary of anti-biotics after reading about various horrible side effects...I see them as a life or death type drug, so they're still sealed in the box.

However I know penicillin is somewhat more 'natural' and wondered if it would be worth asking for some instead or if I'd get told to do one...

Gotta go back to work tomorrow too. :(

i think my whole household has had this over the last 2 weeks. I had one night where I felt like was being waterboarded/drowning, essentially my lungs just kept filling up with fluid and my nose was streaming too, but I seemed to get better pretty quickly, though I was left with a very tickly throat/cough. The wife had it also, she perhaps didn't get the cough as bad, but took the rest of week off sick and spend about 5 days in bed with antibiotics. My eldest 4 also had it and also had antibiotics, fortunately our 2.5 year old seemed to get off with minor symptoms - though one of his friends who we think was the source also had antibiotics.

But yes it was weird, definitely like flu, but without massively raised temperature and aching , but several times worse than any cold.

BTW - my secret remedy was this: http://www.durhambrewery.co.uk/bottles/temptation.aspx

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Providing you are not asthmatic steam inhalation is very effective at clearing chest congestion.

It even gets thumbs up from the NHS website

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cold-common/Pages/Treatment.aspx

It also costs no more than boiling a kettle of water.

If you can stomach it I always eat lots of raw garlic when I get a chest infection.

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I started with a sore throat that progressed to runny nose and very bad headache. Decided to spend the day in bed rather than trying to work through and risk it dragging on for weeks. Headache was still disrupting sleep but by the time I woke mucous was starting to go claggy which usually indicates for me it's over the worst hump.

However, have been mucousy and coughing for a forthnight and just can't quite shake completely although it's not much more than a minor irritiation.

It was nowhere near as bad as full blown flu but at one point it did feel like it could be going in that direction.

Took Strepsils as soon as I felt the sore throat coming on, then a saturated solution of manuka honey with max strength lemsip, then realised it was so bad it was a go to bed job, then a large bottle of lucozade, luckily in Blue Peter style I bought earlier, guzzled throughout the night, then solphadeine very early morning to try and take the edge off the headache to get back to sleep

I've no idea if any of that was a miracle cure but given how I felt for quite a while I was pretty pleased to only end up out of action for only 24 hours as it felt like it could have lasted a lot longer. The lucozade in particular felt like the right thing at the right time.

I think a downside to the internet is I am slightly less exposed to the general public's coughing and spluttering which probably aids resistance.

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I've no idea if any of that was a miracle cure but given how I felt for quite a while I was pretty pleased to only end up out of action for only 24 hours as it felt like it could have lasted a lot longer.

If it's the same cold, it's one of many "false dawns". It goes away. Then, like the slasher in a horror movie, it comes back again. And again.

I usually kick these things in a day or two before they set in, but this is the one that just keeps on giving.

Here, it hasn't actually progressed to a chest infection yet.

I bought some instant decongestant that you inhale up your nose - squirt in each nostril - and that works a treat for the sinuses.

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I came back this thread to see just how long ago it was that I got this wretched "cold".

It's not as long as I'd thought. But it still hasn't gone. Actually, it has got worse.

I finally dragged myself along to the doctor after repeatedly waking early in the morning with a coughing fit, I think, from all the mucus that drips down from my sinuses, which is where I think the primary infection was and is, though it seems to be infesting my bronchial area lower down now.

I was given Amoxicillin with the caveat that it's unlikely to be effective if it's a virus.

The doctor suspects it's two or more viruses back to back. I have an odd feeling in my left arm, too, though I can't imagine that's related. Probably just a "stretched nerve" as it were. Resting pulse appears fairly normal (for me) at 74.

Two days in with the antibiotic, no effect so far apart from mild diarrhoea. FFS. It's the "cold that just keeps on giving".

From what I read, "colds" can sometimes morph into sinusitis.

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No. But if it isn't better when I've finished the antibiotics, blood tests and having an ENT specialist have a poke around and have a look to see why it won't clear are the next steps.

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It took me about 2 weeks to get back to anywhere near normal, and I still cough up in the morning and evening!

On the plus side it made it easy to quit smoking...haven't bought any since. On the nicorette gum now.

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I think it is actually going away.

Three months ago I got a cold. In the last month, despite valiant efforts by my body to keep it at bay, that spread to my chest. Bits of mucus lodging somewhere fairly important to breathing. The amoxicillin seemed to clear the sinuses, but still coughing a bit especially in the morning and late at night.

This ranks as the longest running cold I've ever had. Never severe, just really aggravating.

Just today, finally, it seems to have lifted. Hallelujah.

On reading - the odd sensations in my left arm could indeed be related to chest infection. Not had that before.

Hard to describe. Not a pain, not an ache as such, but a "sensation" sometimes accompanied by a tingling in my little finger. Like a trapped nerve type sensation. Just waiting on that to pass now. I'd forgotten what it feels like not to have a cold.

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