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GP for antibiotics or leave it?

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kaytee87 Sat 11-Aug-18 08:35:55

Feeling so ill, bad cough, sore throat and chest, headache. Coughing up green mucus (sorry!) and the taste every time I cough is horrible. Also very tired but no time to rest due to toddler and both me and DH being very busy this weekend.
So antibiotics or just leave it to get better itself? been ill for about 3 days now.

Shoxfordian Sat 11-Aug-18 08:41:15

Sounds like a cold so probably a virus, Dr won't give you antibiotics. If you can cancel stuff this weekend and stay in bed then that's the best way to get rid of it.
Get well soon

lennyisnuts Sat 11-Aug-18 08:42:21

Agree with PP. you are unlikely to get antibiotics. Rest up, plenty of fluids, nutritious food and paracetamol!

yellowboard Sat 11-Aug-18 08:51:08

I disagree with pp, a productive cough with green phlegm would be worth getting checked out with GP, especially as you say it's on your chest as well

AnotherEmma Sat 11-Aug-18 08:53:14

With your symptoms and no fever it’s likely to be viral not bacterial. Doctor will tell you to rest and drink plenty of fluids.

kaytee87 Sat 11-Aug-18 09:11:16

I've never had a cold where I've had a sore chest and coughed up green mucus.
I woke soaked in sweat a couple of nights and felt feverish but my husband said i didn't feel hot. We've just got back from a weeks glamping yesterday after 7.5hr drive so I've just not taken my temperature will do later if I feel feverish again.
I'd really rather not have to go to the doctors as I'd have to bring my toddler along and it's a hassle. It doesn't feel like a cold but maybe a viral chest infection if they exist rather than bacterial?

PurpleWithRed Sat 11-Aug-18 09:16:47

See a pharmacist first; save you and the NHS a load of time and money.

kaytee87 Sat 11-Aug-18 09:18:33

I'm going to try some decongestants to see if they help loosen my chest.

Sarahani Sat 11-Aug-18 09:31:59

sounds viral I get it hose symptoms every time. I recently had an awful chest infection that wiped me out but cleared on its own. Hope you feel better soon.

maskingtape Sat 11-Aug-18 09:34:25

It's only 3 days. Give it another couple of days and then decide. Get out in the fresh air and drink plenty of water.

georgedawes Sat 11-Aug-18 09:37:57

I posted a virtually identical thread to this, and was told pretty much the same thing so put off going to the doc (to be fair I'd had it longer than you). I did end up quite poorly with a chest infection, had to have antibiotics and am still coughing weeks later. Hope you feel better soon.

PerverseConverse Sat 11-Aug-18 10:40:45

Sounds like a chest infection. Untreated chest infections can lead to scarring on the lungs so always best to get it checked out especially in light of waking up covered in sweat. I give this advice as a health care professional. Hope you feel better soon.

TeddyIsaHe Sat 11-Aug-18 10:44:04

My general rule is if it goes on longer than 7 days OR I cannot do normal things like hoover/shower easily then I’ll see a doctor. If I just feel a bit shit I see a pharmacist, they’re really good at decent medication recommendations or telling me I need a dr appointment.

greathat Sat 11-Aug-18 12:03:56

The waking in the night covered in sweat has been a sign of a bad chest infection for me. As it's the weekend I'd see a pharmacist at least, they'll tell you if they think you need to be seen

Whatsthispain Sat 11-Aug-18 12:09:35

Colour of phlegm is irrelevant unless it's bloody. Apparently! Hope you feel better soon.

kaytee87 Sat 11-Aug-18 12:15:52

Managing to rest just now for 3 hours until DH comes back with toddler. Going to lie on the couch and watch sopranos, hopefully feel bit better after a lie down - been on the go since 7am.

MistyMinge Sat 11-Aug-18 12:20:10

I had something similar a couple of weeks ago and so did my ds, took a good while to feel right. Mind you we weren't chesty. Beechams max strength cold and flu tablets really helped, I would really recommend you sending your DH out to get some.

TheDishRanAwayWithTheSpoon Sat 11-Aug-18 12:24:41

I swear I get this all the time, for me it's just a sign of a bad cold, it always gets better. It's been 3 days, get to bed with plenty of fluids and rest and then if it's not better in 2 days (so 5 days after onset) reconsider gp. That's what I would do

TheDishRanAwayWithTheSpoon Sat 11-Aug-18 12:27:50

You could visit a pharmacist though to see if they recommend any decongestants. Unless you have other medical conditions or are coughing up blood your body should be able to deal with it.

amicissimma Sat 11-Aug-18 12:31:43

My GP once told me that these sort of things clear up by themselves in about a week. With antibiotics they clear up in 7 days.

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