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Chronic Cough

Cough lasting for more than a month in children and more than two months in adults is termed chronic cough. It is a condition of concern. Chronic cough can either be wet and productive or dry. It may address underlying issues like bronchitis, acid reflux, drug-induced due to angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE) drugs, asthma, postnasal drip, etc., needing immediate management.

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My father is having a cough and dark urine. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My father has been suffering from a chronic cough for the last three days, and he is not able to swallow anything properly. He has not eaten anything in the last three days. He is having dark urination and is unable to walk too. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It appears to be an acute lower respiratory tract infection, and from the clinical details you have provided, your father needs urgent medical attention and maybe admission for intravenous antibiotics and oxygen supplementation. He will also need chest X-rays and sputu...  Read Full »

My daughter has a continuous cough. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, My 11.5-year-old daughter is coughing continuously. I gave her Meftal-P 5 ml, one tablet of Levocet M Kid, and Ascoril LS 5 ml after consulting a doctor, but it has not subsidized. Kindly suggest a solution for this.  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query. The cough usually takes time to get reduced, sometimes even up to two weeks. I suggest you to try giving fresh honey one spoon three times a day along with the medications prescribed by your doctor. If not improving, kindly consult a pediatric...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from a chronic cough, headache, leg pain, and fever. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old male, and I have too much cough. My head and legs are hurting a lot, and my body's temperature is a little high. I do not have a fever, but the temperature is slightly high. I am not taking any medicines as of now. Please help. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You are likely to have acute upper respiratory tract infection. Most of the times it is viral but sometimes superadded bacterial infection. For getting relief you are advice for- 1. Warm saline gargling. 2. Tablet Paracetamol 500 mg as and when ...  Read Full »

Is cough associated with gastric diseases?

Query: Hello doctor, I have cough problem for five years. I have tested for TB as well, but it was negative. Before, I used to take prescribed medicines by the doctor and get relief. But for the last five months, I have a continuous cough with vomiting, sometimes. Kindly guide me on what to do.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The most common reason for having these symptoms could be a feature of chronic silent GERD (gastroesophageal reflux) with LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux). Even though you might be asymptomatic or never had gastric issues in between, the inflammation in the throat often exi...  Read Full »

What could be the diagnosis with chronic cough and hoarseness in voice for a long duration?

Query: Hi doctor, 16 months ago, I was exposed to fine dust from dry grinding/polishing of concrete (indoors) where I work. This went on for two workdays. My voice became coarse right away, and a cough started. Now, 16 months later, throat still irritated, voice is somewhat coarse. I have to clear my th...  Read Full »

Dr. Bruce Eric Hudkins

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I doubt very much that cancer is high on the concern list. So I would start by addressing gastroesophageal reflux disease since you are of an age when this starts, you have a chronic throat clearing cough (almost diagnostic for GERD), you are a nonsmoker, and have ha...  Read Full »

Why do I have chronic cough and mild heartburn from the last five days?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25-year-old male with a weight of 141 lbs and a height of five feet four inches. I have a chronic dry cough for the past five days. It becomes more persistent during sleep. I do not have fever. I took a tablet of Cetirizine to rule out the cause of allergy. I have mild heartburn. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Mian Shah Yousaf

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The condition of chronic cough indicates a cough presenting for months or years. As it is present just for five days, it suggests some reflux episode. It can occur due to laryngeal irritation. It causes cough and leads to a choking-like sensation in sleep. You can t...  Read Full »

Can gastric problems result in cough, sore throat, and headaches?

Query: Hi doctor, I have cough and sore throat for many years. Sometimes, I cough after waking up from sleep, and sometimes I have cough randomly. Sometimes, I have itchiness in my throat without pain. Suddenly, I have headaches starting from the back of my head until my shoulder. I have this headache oft...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to have two possibilities. You can have chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) with LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux). Gastric acidic contents cause faulty reflux and this can be the reason for having a feeling of something stuck in your throat or itchy disc...  Read Full »

Can I develop lung diseases due to asbestos exposure that occurred a few years back at a building near my house?

Query: Hello doctor, My house is very near to an asbestos building that burned in my city a few years back. At the time of the fire, I was at home. It was considered a health hazard for the inmates by the Government. Can the exposure be big and significant enough to cause harm and how worried should I be? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for writing and I understand your concern. There is nothing to worry about. It has been two years since the exposure, so if you did not have any symptoms it means everything is fine. Usually, symptoms like cough and all can be seen. But you have not had any ...  Read Full »

How to treat chronic cough, blocked ears and popping sound in ears while swallowing?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 66-year-old male with a weight of 198 lbs and a height of 6 feet. For the last four months, I have been continuously facing the following problems, moderate sore throat, feeling like a lump in my deep throat, gastric reflux, poor digestion, a feeling of air blocked in both ears a...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. For better clarity, please answer these questions: Can you take a picture of the back of the throat, showing details of the affected area, and send it to us? Which area do you live in? Do you drive a two-wheeler on polluted roads? Did this w...  Read Full »

Prednisone did not reduce my COVID symptoms like muscle pain, numbness, and severe cough. Please suggest an alternative.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been sick for a month. I tested for HIV after 11 days of being sick, and the results were negative. I have COVID and sinusitis. Now I have muscle pain, tingling, numbness, and severe cough. Although I took Prednisone, it was not helpful. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to COVID (coronavirus disease) is more dangerous than HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Your HIV results are already negative. Some people take the test after 56 days or more. I suggest you take the following drugs. 1) Tablet Ultracet (Paracetamol/Acetaminophen 325 m...  Read Full »

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