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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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 »

Why am I having chronic cough?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a woman, 23. I am 5'2" feet tall and I weigh 137 pounds. I am currently taking Cetirizine. I have been coughing badly for the past 5 months since I got my new job at a preschool. I went to the doctor, he prescribed me the before-mentioned drug. Although, when it gets really cold, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In addition to Cetirizine you need to take a bronchodilator medicine that will help bring out the phlegm better. Salbutamol (Albuterol) is an excellent drug that helps widen the small airway passages and bring out the mucus. It is available in the form of inhalers. T...  Read Full »

My father suffers from a chronic cough, difficulty swallowing, and dark urine. Kindly suggest a treatment.

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 »

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- Warm saline gargling. Tablet Paracetamol 500 mg as and when requi...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from a chronic cough for a month. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old male who has been coughing for a month. In between, it got fine, but again it got started. I do not have any fever or chest pain. My sputum also looks normal. I do not have any problem with sleeping or breathing. But when I breathe through my mouth, I get some feeling i...  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. First, you need to get a physical examination by your family doctor to rule out bronchitis. If you have no bronchitis, you must control your blocked nose with anticongestant nasal spray, aerosol therapy, and menthol lozenges throughout the d...  Read Full »

Will coughing up phlem due to smoking for long period be chronic bronchitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years female. For about three years or so, I have been coughing up phlegm consistently. It has almost become a routine. When I consulted an ENT doctor, they did not see anything wrong and just said that my nostrils look little swollen, so he prescribed me Flonase. I am still c...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello,Welcome to said that you smoke since, from the age of 15, so the diagnosis goes more in favor of chronic bronchitis. The symptoms are also typical of chronic bronchitis.But you have not mentioned any associated allergic symptoms like running nose or frequent sneezing as it sugg...  Read Full »

Please interpret the findings of my CT thorax.

Query: Hello doctor, The CT thorax report for chronic cough in comparison made to chest radiograph. 5 mm nodule seen within the left upper lobe. No other discrete pulmonary nodule or mass is identified. 1.3 cm short axis pretracheal lymph node is identified. Calcifications noted within a normal-sized subc...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand from your description that you have a chronic cough and did a CT Thorax, but I am confused as there are no CT images attached. Still, I will try to help you with this report. It says, 5 mm nodule seen within the left upper lobe and 1.3 cm short axis pr...  Read Full »

What does elevated IgE level indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from cold for the last three years. I consulted an Ayurvedic doctor, and she advised me an allergy test and CBC, and the report was somewhat not good. My IgE result is 1157.00, and it should be below 64. Is there any serious problem?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query regarding your cold for three years. As you had asked about allergy, here I would like to say that allergic cold has three cardinal features (watery nasal discharge, bouts of sneezing, and nasal obstruction of both side nasal cavity). Second...  Read Full »

I have productive cough for two week with FEV1 71 %. 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 COPD, as it seems to appear from the numbers. The doctor was very non-committal about it, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Harsha D. S

Answer: Hello,Welcome to 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 normal....  Read Full »

What is the solution for breathlessness caused due to chronic cough?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing a chronic cough and it has clear-bubbly phlegm and I am so bothered about it because it has been a year since I have it. Sometimes, I vomit especially when my cough is severe and it sometimes makes me breathless. I have been taking antihistamine for it but it h...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to your statement, you are suffering from chronic cough for almost a year now that makes you breathless. You did not mention here about your family history, working history, living history, allergic history, smoking history, and the factors that make you br...  Read Full »

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