4 Common Causes of Chest Cold

FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Rachel Lutz
Acute bronchitis is a common reason patients head to the pharmacy in the winter to seek OTC symptom relief.

Chest colds are often accompanied by a nagging cough that produces mucus, chest soreness, fatigue, mild headaches, mild body aches, fever, watery eyes, and a sore throat.

Pharmacists can remind patients with acute bronchitis that antibiotics are rarely ever needed to treat the condition. Still, patients should seek medical attention if they have a fever higher than 100.4°F, a cough with thick or bloody mucus, trouble breathing, repeated incidence of bronchitis, or symptoms that last more than 3 weeks.

Pharmacists can also help patients find symptomatic relief in the OTC aisle, and then double check that selected products are appropriate for a patient’s age.

Tips for acute bronchitis prevention include smoking cessation and avoidance of second-hand smoke, good hand hygiene, and avoidance of infected individuals. Patients who have a weak immune system may also be prone to acute bronchitis.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) details the following 4 common causes of chest colds.