The main symptom of a chest cold is a cough, which will often be persistent and accompanied by the coughing up of mucus.
The production of excess mucus is normal during a chest cold – a response designed to protect the respiratory tract from germs and bacteria.
Other symptoms may include: Fever.
What are the symptoms of a chest cold?
Other symptoms that can accompany a chest cold include fatigue, sore throat, headache, and body aches, possibly triggered by coughing.
Common symptoms of a chest cold include:
- chest congestion.
- persistent hacking cough.
- coughing up yellowish or green phlegm (mucus)
What does chest congestion feel like?
Put simply, chest congestion is a non-medical term for a build-up of fluids and mucus in the lungs. Your chest may feel heavy and stiff. You may, or may not, have a cough that produces mucus. You may even have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
How do you know if you have bronchitis or a cold?
If you have acute bronchitis, you might have cold symptoms, such as a mild headache or body aches. While these symptoms usually improve in about a week, you may have a nagging cough that lingers for several weeks. If you have chronic bronchitis, you’re likely to have periods when your cough or other symptoms worsen.
How do you treat a chest cold?
Use a humidifier or try breathing steam from a hot shower to loosen mucus. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and thin mucus. Use extra pillows to prop herself up in bed. This can help ease coughing and chest congestion.