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I used to have asthma as a child, which wasn't bad asthma at all...

Hi, so I used to have asthma as a child, which wasn't bad asthma at all and the last time I used an inhaler I was around 9/10. I am almost 17 now and ever since after 10 every time I've taken part in running competition and played rugby my chest has been fine, I've experienced no tightness or anything for that matter even while I used to do a bit of uphill running. But I went for a run yesterday (1.5 miles) and after it I had a tight chest and I was wheezy, baring in mind it's winter where I live and the temperature is well around 2/3 degrees Celsius along with the fact that I have a cold, would you think it's a chest infection that's caused this?

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The answer

Chest infections are common, especially after a cold or flu during autumn and winter. Typical symptoms of a chest infection can include a persistent cough, yellow or green phlegm, breathlessness, wheezing, fever, chest pain or tightness. You may also experience more general symptoms of an infection, such as headache, loss of appetite, sweating, fatigue or joint and muscle aches.

Many chest infections aren’t serious and get better within a few days or weeks; however people with long-term health conditions, such as asthma have a higher risk of developing serious chest infections. We would suggest making an appointment to see you GP, who should be able to diagnose you based on your symptoms and by listening to your chest using a stethoscope.

In some cases, further tests such as chest X-rays, breathing tests and blood samples may be necessary.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses