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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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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 »

I have chronic cough and cold with high total IgE. What is the diagnosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old male. I am having chronic idiopathic pancreatitis. I am regularly on Agna 25000 three times, and Cretox CP three times a day.My problem are cold and cough for two years approximately. Almost four to five days a week. Even sleeping under the fan my nose gets blocked i...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We are happy to help you. I understand that you have these complaints for a few years. It most probably is a manifestation of allergic rhinitis. The total IgE in serum is just an indication of the allergy status at the time of taking the blood sample. It is not very...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from continuous coughing and unable to eat for the past four days. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old. My height is five feet and five inches, and I weigh 140 lbs. I got sick six days ago. For the past four days, I have not been able to eat. As soon as I try to eat something, it feels like I am about to vomit. I ate one cracker today, and it made me feel worse. I cann...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a lower respiratory tract infection and gastritis. It will need antibiotics. It would always be better to visit the hospital for a detailed examination. Firstly, you should get prescribed antibiotics like capsule Augmentin 625 (Amoxicillin and Potassium Clavul...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old son has asthma and he is coughing continuously. What is the treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, My 4-year-old, son, has asthma, and he is coughing so much. He is continuously vomiting, but inhaler and nebulizer are not helping in this case. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Asthma can be exacerbated with a lot of external factors, the external factor like dust, cold, hot climate, pollen's causes irritation and eventual inflammation in small airway resulting in obstruction of airways, as a result, difficult breathing and lot of expectorat...  Read Full »

What is causing my persistent cough and throat discomfort?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a cough for six months, and now I have the feeling of something in my throat. I had a sinus X-ray, lungs checked, checked for asthma, swallow test done, and thyroids checked (I have a tiny nodule, in which the doctor said that would not make me cough). Do you have any suggestion...  Read Full »

Dr. Ohams Ike Henry

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The cough you say is it dry or sputum? Are you losing weight? Is there any drenching night sweat and persistent low-grade fever? Is there any history of contact with someone with a chronic cough in your locality? Do you smoke, is your occupation such that you are...  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 »

I have had cough and breathing issues for ten months. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have suffered from a regular cough and also an enlarged uvula. I have had some problems in engulfing food as well as breathing for 10 months. Kindly help. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Depending on the symptoms mentioned by you, it can be reflux laryngitis, lumps in the throat, acidity, or chronic tonsillar hypertrophy. Chronic rhinosinusitis could be a predisposition to this problem. I would advise you to answer th...  Read Full »

I have persistent cough, breathlessness, chest tightness, and fever. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been unwell recently, experiencing a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing, tightness in my chest, fatigue, and a mild fever. A blood test revealed an elevated eosinophil count and white blood cell count. I am somewhat concerned about these results and am contemplating which...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. Based on your symptoms and blood test results, it is possible that you may have an inflammatory condition affecting your lungs, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or a lung infection. Some test...  Read Full »

Is there any permanent solution for post nasal drip?

Query: Hello doctor, Please advise me a permanent solution of postnasal drip. I have been suffering for a long time that causes continuous pharyngeal irritation and coughing.  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Postnasal drip occurs due to rhinosinusitis or nasopharyngitis and is rightly said to be allergic which is exacerbated by infections. Treating the underlying cause helps in mitigating (making less severe) these symptoms. Allergic rhinitis or rhinosinusitis can be dif...  Read Full »

I have had a productive cough for two weeks. Do I have COPD?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my first appointment with a new pulmonologist today. I presented with a productive (clear) cough which I have had for two weeks. I am very frightened by them and I am terrified that I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as it seems to appear from the numbers. The d...  Read Full »

Dr. Harsha D. S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Percentage predicted means how much is your observed value to the expected value. The computer predicts based on your height, age and gender and on equations how much your FEV1 (forced expiratory volume) and FVC (forced vital capacity) values should be if you are norm...  Read Full »

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