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    a chest cold

    I am on an antibiotic for my chest cold.

    This sentence is taken from the LONGMAN DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN ENGLISH. What does 'a chest cold' mean? Is it an ordinary cold?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: a chest cold

    An ordinary cold is not treated with antibiotics.

    He has some sort of chest infection.

    Rover

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    Re: a chest cold

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I am on an antibiotic for my chest cold.

    This sentence is taken from the LONGMAN DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN ENGLISH. What does 'a chest cold' mean? Is it an ordinary cold?

    Thank you in advance.
    Rover is right.
    "Chest cold" is a lay term meaning something that started with a head cold, but "went onto his chest". The sign of this happening is coughing up phlegm from the chest.
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    It's a bad sentence medically. A cold is a viral illness, and antibiotics will not help that. As a corollory, if antibiotics do help the chest infection, then it's not a cold - it's bacterial bronchitis or pneumonia ...
    Taking antibiotics for viral illnesses is the reason there is such a huge amount of antibiotic-resistant infection these days.
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