Respiratory Problems

What is it It’s a reflex that clears the throat and lungs to prevent aspiration and infection.  It allows us to remove the secretions and foreign particles from our lungs. 

A cough may be defined as acute or can be something that has been ongoing for a while also know as chronic.

Causes – COPD This is a condition that results from a collection of lung problems that can affect your breathing. Bronchitis is chronic inflammation of the airways and empysema which is damage to the air sacs within the lungs that help us to breath. Symptoms such as cough shortness of breath, wheeze, chest tightness and recurrent chest infections and these tend to get worse over time but medications are available to help alleviate these symptoms. If you are concerned or feel you have COPD, Mydoc has instant access to specialist advice and state of the art investigations. Book online now to discuss this or visit MYConsult if you would like a referasl to a specialist respiratory consultant. , AsthmaThis is a long term condition that affects the airways which can affect your breathing. It is easy to manage but sometimes can flare up resulting in the need for further treatment intervention and sometimes may require admission to a hospital. Symptoms of asthma include a chronic cough which can be worse at night or in cold weather, wheezing, a tight chest, and feeling short of breath. Asthma will be treated using a variety of inhalers and different medications. Book online to speak to one of our GPs who can help and advise on an asthma treatment plan and whether more tests are needed to confirm a diagnosis. , Post Nasal Drip, Gastroesophageal Reflux, Drugs such as blood pressure medications like ACEI such as ramipril,  respiratory tract infections, colds and flu.  However it can be a more serious sign of a condition such as lung cancer or pulmonary embolism (blood clot on the lungs) .

Symptoms- This depends on the cause of the cough with associated features such as a temperature, phlegm production, worse at night time, shortness of breath, occasional wheezing, chest pain, sore throat, headache,  runny or blocked nose , chest tightness, generalised aches and pains.

If you have the following symptoms please do not book online.  Please do attend your local AE department or call 111 for urgent treatment

  1. Chest pain
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Struggling to speak full sentences
  4. Increased heart rate
  5. Dizziness
  6. Coughing up blood
  7. Temperature over 38 degrees celcius

Treatment-If you believe you may have an underlying condition that’s causing your cough then go online and book and appointment to speak to one of our highly skilled and trained NHS GP’s that can discuss your symptoms and suggest the correct treatment. 

You can book online via a smart phone or laptop whilst travelling to work or if you are at home.  MyDoc provides instant medical care at hand at a time and place that is tailored around you and your family.

For further information regarding coughs please see the link below 

Cough | Causes and Treatment of Chronic and Persistent Cough | Patient

Cough – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What are they- Both are respiratory tract infections These are a collection of conditions involved in affecting your breathing. They can be upper and lower.

Lower RTI affect the airways and lungs where as upper respiratory tract infections affect the upper airways such as throat and nose. Example of upper respiratory infections include tonsillitis, the common cold, sinusitis. Examples of lower respiratory tract infections include bronchitis, chest infections. caused usually by viruses.  Usually cold symptoms get better within a few days and can be managed over the counter by the local pharmacist.  The flu can last longer and can be generally more severe.

Cold symptoms- Runny nose, blocked nose, sore throat, cough, headache, muscle aches and pains, sneezing, head pressure at the front or in the ears with even a slight rise in temperature.

Flu symptoms- Fever above 38, muscle aches and pains, feeling tired, vomiting and or diahorea, cough, sore throat, headache, sneezing.

Treatment- If you are concerned regarding your symptoms of a cold or flu, MyDoc is at hand to help.  Our GPs will take time to listen and provide advice on self management and may also feel that prescribed medication may be appropriate.

For further information regarding the flu and cold please see below the link 

Chest infection – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Flu – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What is flu? | Influenza Symptoms and Treatment | Patient

Common cold – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Common Cold Symptoms and Treatment | Upper Respiratory Tract Infections | Patient

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