Q. I cough every night, which gets better after taking Cetirizine. What should I do?

Answered by
Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 22, 2020 and last reviewed on: May 02, 2020
I have a cough and the mucus is white.
Every night i suffer this kind of situation.
I have a background medical records and the doctor said that i was allergic to dust and cold beverages.
But i dont think that i am allergic to dust because i dont have any symptoms of it.
Every night i take cetirizine because it works everytime i take it the cough stop. But im scared that it might be worst.
What should i do?

You are probably having what we call as an allergic pharyngitis, avoid spicy oily and junk food altogether for a few days. Yes dust can be one reason why your nose/throat might be creating a lot of phelgm, sometimes even dust at home(as in when u vaccum or mop the floor or look into old stuff having dust ) can lead to such issues. Besides, even the slightest of acidity can be one hidden cause. In allergic pharyngitis you won't have many tel a tale signs except of mucus irritating your throat. Advice 1.Have simple food with least spices 2.Avoid dust at all costs, wear an n95 mask, cuz that's the only thing effective against dust 3. Consider salt water gargles (one glass of boiled warm water with 2 tsps of salt, dissolve and gargle 4. Keep sipping on warm water 5. Long term use of levocetrizine is not recommended 6. Start an antireflux treatment with tab pantaprazole 40 MG once a day in the morning 25mins before bfast.

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