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    Esther Rantzen

    Failure to diagnose bronchitis


    While most coughs are innocent enough and don’t last that long, there is a chance a severe cough could be a sign of bronchitis. While most bronchitis infections sort themselves out, there are cases where they can become more severe. If you’ve had a cough for three weeks and it’s not going, you should see your GP for advice. Bronchitis can also produce a fever and it often produces a yellowish mucus.

    If you think you have bronchitis and you can’t seem to get rid of it on your own, it is important to see your GP. While they will usually make an appropriate diagnosis there is the potential for a failure to diagnose bronchitis if it is present and producing severe symptoms and yet the medical professional diagnoses something else less serious. In this case the infection can progress and possibly cause more problems as a result.

    It is also more dangerous to develop this condition if you already have a condition that affects your lungs or heart. In this case you may wish to visit your GP sooner, just to be sure everything is okay.

    Is bronchitis a serious condition that can be problematic?

    As mentioned above, the majority of cases are self-limiting in nature and do not require treatment or a visit to your GP. However if your bronchitis worsens then you would probably need medical assistance and possibly treatment. In some cases chronic bronchitis develops which can go on for a long period of time. If this isn’t properly diagnosed it could affect your ability to do a range of everyday activities as you could get tired more easily than you otherwise would. That’s why an early diagnosis can sometimes prevent things from getting worse.

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    When you think there is a failure to diagnose bronchitis it can be difficult to ascertain whether the medical professionals involved were negligent in treating or diagnosing you. This is where Accident Advice Helpline comes in. We can provide you with a no-obligation source of advice from our professional injury compensation lawyers. They have 14 years’ experience of dealing with cases like yours and we could be able to help you seek the right outcome and claim compensation. Get in touch today on our freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – and see how we can assist you with your personal situation and experience in this area.

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    Date Published: August 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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