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Viral infection of the nose and throat, most commonly caused by rhinovirus, is called cold. The symptoms of cold are a runny nose, sore throat, cough, chest congestion, body ache, headache, sneezing, fever, and fatigue. These symptoms last for about 7 to 10 days.

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I gave Maxtra and Otek-AC ear drop for my 4.5-year-old kid. Is it safe?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is 4.5-year-old and complained of severe ear pain at 12 AM. I gave her Maxtra as she has a cold and cough and Otek Ac neo 5 ml drops in the ear. She felt relief and slept after that. Is it safe to use this medicine, and how long will the effect last? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can use the drops as 3 to 5 per ear on a need-based basis. It will not be harmful. However, considering the amount you require, I would suggest getting the child evaluated physically by a pediatric ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist to check for a foreign body o...  Read Full »

Do I need antibiotics for my cough and cold symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing cough and cold symptoms for the past four to five days, with the cold seeming to settle in my chest and experiencing heavy coughing, especially at night, making it difficult to sleep. Could you please advise whether I need antibiotics to recover or if there ar...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I am sorry to hear you are feeling unwell. Typically, coughs and colds tend to resolve on their own within seven to ten days. However, if your symptoms persist beyond this timeframe, it is advisable to seek guidance from a healthcare pr...  Read Full »

My 2-year-old daughter has had a severe cold, cough, and fever for the past week. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 2 years old. For the past one week, she has had a severe cold, cough, and mild fever. Still, there is no improvement. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please do the following investigations first: CBC (complete blood count), CRP (c-reactive protein), PSMP (peripheral smear for the malarial parasite), Dengue NS1 IgG IgM spot test (dengue antigen NS1 and immunoglobulin G and immunoglobulin M antibody), SGPT (serum glut...  Read Full »

I am facing too much cold. Kindly suggest medicines to withstand the cold.

Query: Hello doctor, I am facing too much cold (almost every day), whereas during my last four-year stay in the previous place, even for a single day, I never had a cold. All medicine like Avil, Sinarest, Citragin, etc. failed and almost all home remedies also. Please suggest to me which medicine will giv...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the symptoms detailed, you have allergic rhinitis. Do you have a history of sinusitis? Sinus tenderness which can be elicited by applying pressure over your head, on cheek bones? Do you have congestion or blocked nose? Well the main cause of allergic rhinitis is...  Read Full »

I notice blood stain while clearing my throat. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sinus problem and very frequently, I have sneezing and coughing problem with phlegm. Recently, I suffered from a cold and since then I am getting a blood stain in the morning while sneezing and while clearing the throat in the morning. One month back, I got a chest X-ray and i...  Read Full »

Dr. Archana. G.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Was the blood while coughing bright red or altered maroon color? If it was bright red, then it could be from upper respiratory tract only. It can be due to just trauma. So, do not worry about it at all if it repeats also. Suppose you are getting maroon-colored blood...  Read Full »

I have cold and fever after taking diabetes medication. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently checked my diabetes level, it was 165 with fasting and 268 without fasting (after meal). The doctor gave me medicine and I started taking them at the time. After 10 days I felt very cold with fever and headache throughout the day. I had taken medicine from the clinic and go...  Read Full »

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have seen the details mentioned. With fasting and after-food glucose levels being high, you have diabetes and it needs to be properly treated. You have just mentioned some medicines being given to control blood glucose, but no name has b...  Read Full »

I have a runny nose, sore throat, and fever. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from running nose, sore throat, body pain and fever since yesterday. Kindly suggest some medicine for relief.  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to have influenza or the common cold. Since it is viral, it will run its course. However, you can take some medications for symptomatic relief. I hope this helps. Thank you and take care. Regards.  Read Full »

How to treat my cough that persists in spite of antibiotics?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a cough since 15 days. There is phlegm as well. I tried using so many syrups, antibiotics and Levocetirizine with Montelukast. The X-ray and CBP (complete blood picture) are normal. But, the cough is still persisting and troubling me. What do you suggest?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. You have a cough from two weeks along with expectoration. You have taken antibiotics and antiallergic medicines, but you have not mentioned the name of the antibiotic which you have taken. I would suggest a few things: Any person wit...  Read Full »

Why do I have tinnitus, fatigue, and a feeling of cold all the time?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37-year-old man feeling cold all the time. I have tinnitus and feeling tired and fatigue. I tested my TSH and it was 1.3 mIU/L. My TSH free was 16 mIU/L. Is this normal or could I have hypothyroidism? What other causes could it be? I am otherwise healthy, exercise a lot and normal.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I need a few more things to know about you to answer this. Please let me know. Do you have allergies or a stressful life or burning urination? Please answer these questions so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health.  Read Full »

Why did my daughter get stomach pain and cold?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter has cold and stomach pain. She has headaches also. There is no fever. She has got pain in her legs near the foot. Sometimes, she says she has a stomachache. But, then it is fine the next morning. Please advise me on this.  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I think she is suffering from a viral infection. I suggest you give her syrup Alerid (Cetirizine) 5 mL twice a day for cold. This syrup makes few children drowsy though not all. Hence avoid morning dose if she is going to school. You can also give her syrup Cyclopam ...  Read Full »

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