Chest infections are common, especially with a cold or flu.
Mostly, they’re not serious and they get better after a few days or weeks. You won’t normally need to see your GP.
Coughing actually helps you clear the infection by getting rid of the phlegm (mucus) from your lungs.
Antibiotics won’t help a chest infection caused by a virus like flu or viral bronchitis. They’ll only help a bacterial chest infection.
Seek medical advice if: