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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Why do I suffer from cold and runny nose every summer?

Query: Hi doctor, During every summer season, I suffer from a cold and runny nose. What can be the reasons?  Read Full »

Dr. Murad Haider

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your case does not seem to be serious. The terms rhinorrhea and rhinitis are often used to refer a runny nose, it refers to inflammation of nasal tissues due to a number of reasons, which are as follows. Acute sinusitis. Allergies. Chronic sinusitis. Ch...  Read Full »

I have been sick with a common cold. Should I consult a doctor, or could you prescribe me some medication?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been sick for a day with a typical cold, with symptoms such as headaches, joint pains, drowsiness, and low energy. Is it better to consult a doctor, or could you prescribe some medication?  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you take adequate rest and take tablet Paracetamol 500mg daily. Please follow up if you have any additional related queries regarding it.   Read Full »

Is it necessary to take antibiotics just after the appearance of common cold symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor,She has been feeling unwell at noon since yesterday, and the fever started in the evening. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and am sorry for such discomfort. It would probably be a viral illness or common cold, but I would like to know any other history or symptoms associated with fever. 1) Any other symptoms with fever like sneezing or running nose? 2) Any soreness of...  Read Full »

Is blood from only one side of the nose during a cold?

Query: Hello doctor,Two weeks ago, I delivered a baby boy via emergency cesarean delivery (C-section), and for the last two weeks, I have been suffering from a cold. The mucous is only from the left nose, and then today, when I blew my left nose, I saw little blood.  Read Full »

Dr. Prathish Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to are affected by an upper respiratory infection. The bleeding from the nose could be due to dryness within it. But still, because you did not report any episodes of fever, let us not rush upon antibiotics. I shall give you symptomatic medicines. Kindly take those. If yo...  Read Full »

I have had a cold, fever, and sore throat for a few days. Can you please help me recover from it earlier?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from a cold and fever for the past few days. I took tablet Acetaminophen, but I am not recovering. I have developed headaches, sore throat, and tiredness. I am in my early 30s and unmarried. I came across one of my colleagues with the same symptoms two days before I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Pranay Shailendra Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It could be flu, acute pharyngitis, or tonsillitis. If the throat pain and fever are more, you will have to start on antibiotics to speed up recovery. I suggest you take (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent) table...  Read Full »

What to do with persistent cold and cough?

Query: Hello doctor,I cannot concentrate on my work due to a cold and cough. I thought it would get better within a few days, but I could not cope with it as it had been two whole days already. I have been using nasal spray (Nasoline) and vaporizer (Oxomax) to help my cold and sore throat. But I do not fin...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not worry I would suggest you take the following medicines for three days: Tablet Montelukast LC, one tablet at night. Tablet Doxycycline 100 mg twice a day. Tablet Dolo (Paracetamol) 650 mg twice a day. Tablet Pulmoclear (Acebrophylline 100 mg and Acetylcyst...  Read Full »

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 or ...  Read Full »

I am a breastfeeding mom, and I have had a cold for the last four days. Please help me.

Query: Hello doctor, I am mom of two kids, 12-year-old and 2-years-old. I am still feeding the younger one. I have had a cold for the last four days. There is no fever and no sore throat. Just cold, sneezing, one blocked nostril, feeling like mucus is chocked in the upper respiratory system in the nose-th...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and am sorry for such acute discomfort. You have mentioned sneezing and unilateral nasal blockage for four days as the main complaints. However, you do not have any sore throat or fever. This is the common cold or acute allergic rhinitis. Coller ...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old boy is suffering from cough and cold. Please suggest treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, My 4-year-old boy is suffering from cold and cough. His symptoms are, 1) Choked nose (not running). 2) Time to time heavy coughing, 3) No temperature. Suffering from last three days. Started with light cold, but today heavy voice and frequent coughing.  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a common cold due to viral infection, but as you have said that cough is increased now so it may be normal or it may be complications. The common complications are viral pneumonia (self-limiting), and another one is croup. The second one is having problems and ...  Read Full »

My 5.2 months old daughter has fever and cold. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,My baby girl is five months and two weeks old. From yesterday, she has a fever, especially at night. She has a running nose and cold feet. She is very dull and weak. I gave her Piccan syrup and Vitamin C drops. Please help. Thank you  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can stop Piccan syrup (Paracetamol and Diphenhydramine) as of now. It is better to consult your pediatrician regarding the same as per the condition prevailing in your country regarding Vitamin C drops. Also, it is essential to see if the child's temperature is abov...  Read Full »

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