The power of a sneeze can propel around 100,000 germs up to a distance of 25 feet. Microbes live for hours on solid surfaces and fabrics, enabling them to spread quickly from person to person. Some chest infections are mild and clear up on their own, but others can be life-threatening. Recurring chest infections may indicate a more severe respiratory problem. Typically, chest infections clear the body within three weeks.


1. What's a Chest Infection?

Chest infections affect people of all ages. They occur in the lungs and large airways that create the respiratory system, producing infected mucus and fluid, swelling the airways of the lungs, and causing inflammation. This results in coughing and breathing problems. Coughs put a lot of stress on vital airways. More than 30 million Americans visit the doctor every year with coughs and chest infections.

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