The body's immune response to a foreign substance (allergen) that is otherwise not harmful to you is called allergy. The most common allergens are pollen, drugs, food, and mold. Allergic conditions include hay fever, atopic dermatitis, food allergies, asthma, and anaphylaxis.

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How does postnasal drip gets into the stomach instead of lungs?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cough at certain times almost every day due to post-nasal drip. I take allergy medication (Cetirizine) but it does not seem to help. I have tried other techniques like lavage and have tried thinning my mucus by drinking more water, as advised by all the medical web sites. Al...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am so delighted to read your query. My initial thoughts were that you were kidding. But when I thought I realized how beautifully you have thought about the question. We need to know about mucociliary clearance, direction of mucus movement, closure of airway by the e...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for cold and nasal congestion in a 4-year-old kid?

Query: Hello doctor, A 4-year-old kid of 15 kg weight is having a general cold for almost three months. Sometimes cough, and nasal congestion. Otherwise, he is fine. He has no fever or weakness.  Read Full »

Dr. Payas Joshi

Child Health Specialist, General Practitioner, Paediatrician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern for your child. As you told me, this is happening for long. And there is no fever, it seems to be some allergic condition. Are you still bottle feeding the kid? Is there any difficulty in breathing? Any sounds or snoring while breathing o...  Read Full »

What is the brown spot on my son's face?

Query: Hi doctor, My son has some brown spot on face for over 10 months. I am applying Panderm ointment. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is a clear cut case of pityriasis alba (attachment removed to protect patient identity), which is very common in young kids. It is a kind of mild allergy due to sunlight, food or any other external and internal factor. It is treatable and not a worrisome prob...  Read Full »

I am having allergy with noise sensitivity. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years of age. I have been suffering from a kind of allergy for almost 4 years. My mother has been suffering from same kind of allergy but her case is not worse than mine. I feel runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose and eyes, mild rashes after having a shower and breathing difficulty ...  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Sajid

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and there are two components so I will deal them separately. First, the increased heart rate in stressful conditions: that is anxiety and not uncommon. You can try breathing exercises but if not controlled/or aggravates to full panic attack, you w...  Read Full »

Does skin rashes suggest HIV infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been away to abroad and developed skin rashes all over my stomach and legs. There are red dots everywhere and it is very itchy. I am worried it could be linked to HIV?  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have developed maculopapular erythematous lesions with itching, which can occur in multiple conditions. Please inform whether the lesions are also in finger webs and genital area. If there is intense itching, one of the differential diagnosis is scabies. Have you...  Read Full »

Please interpret my PFT report.

Query: Hello doctor, I had a PFT done. When I asked about the results my doctor said they were fine. That was not good enough. I have FEV1/FVC ratio of 64 %. Increase in residual volume to 156 %. What does this mean? My echo is with EF of 50%. I am a 31 year old, non-smoker. I am a wildland firefighter. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan

Allergy Specialist, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for writing your query elaborately. From your history it is very clear that you are suffering from asthma. That is the reason for your difficulty in breathing very often. Your pulmonary function test (PFT) report (attachment removed to protect patient identit...  Read Full »

Can Montelukast and Cetirizine be used for a long time to manage allergy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 33 years. I am facing sneezing and itchy throat. Due to this problem, I am avoiding a few foods like chicken, brinjal, pumpkin. I face this problem in the early morning after I wake up from bad. Also, I start sneezing when I pass through the dusty environment. Also, I start sneezing...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to be having vasomotor or allergic rhinitis. We need to diagnose it so that the treatment will address the cause. However, temporarily the symptomatic treatment would entail the use of steroid nasal sprays with antihistaminic and Montelukast. The choice of n...  Read Full »

Why does my son have breathing problems even after using Esiflo?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is asthmatic since childhood. For the past five months, he is having breathing problem. Currently, he is using Esiflo every morning. But, he is still having the problem. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Parin Niranjanbhai Parmar

Paediatrician, Pediatric Allergy Asthma Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would like to know more about you as follows: I understand that your son is having breathing difficulty for the last five months. But overall, what are the best and the worst seasons for your son? What are his nose symptoms - congestion, running nose, sneezing, nose itc...  Read Full »

What causes persistent chest congestion?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 5 years old. He is dealing with continuous chest congestion and coughing with change in season. Doctor suggested Foracort 100 for two to three months with two shots in the morning and two at night after using nebulization Levolin 1.25 mg and Budecort 1 mg in the past for ches...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First off all I would suggest you to carry out chest x-ray and complete blood count to rule out lung infection like bronchitis. Foracort is a combination of Budesonide, a corticosteroid and anti-inflammatory and Formoterol, a long-acting bronchodilator, used to ...  Read Full »

How can I get rid of allergy due to cold and dependance on Asthalin spray?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from allergy due to cold, strong odor and old dust for the last about 35 years, dependant to Asthalin spray. How to get rid of it?  Read Full »

Dr. Ramkesh Prasad

General Practitioner, Preventive Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to It is nice to hear that you want to get rid of the Asthalin spray and surely we can give a try. You have been using the spray for quite a long time and your body is used to it. So, I will strongly suggest you not to discontinue it suddenly. I advice you the fol...  Read Full »

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