Signs of infection or exacerbation and what to do

9) Important messages


  • Don’t ignore early warning signs! AMBER Early recognition and treatment of a chest infection can prevent further damage to your lungs and hopefully keep you out of hospital.
  • Always finish your course of antibiotics and/or steroids.
  • If you have a chest infection take things easy, rest more and drink plenty of fluids.
  • If your symptoms do not improve then go back to your GP or call NHS 24 (111) for advice.
  • If you do not feel better or if you feel worse a few days after starting antibiotics or steroids let your GP know. You may need a different antibiotic or further treatment.
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