Cold And Flu

Cold is a milder respiratory disease than the flu. The cold symptoms make us feel bad for quite a few days, and flu symptoms make us ill for a few days to weeks. Also, flu results in serious health problems such as difficulty breathing (pneumonia) and hospitalizations.

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Is it safe to wear N95 masks since COVID-19 is reduced?

Query: Hi doctor, Can I use N95 masks? Now, COVID-19 is also reduced, and most of us are vaccinated. Is it safe for me and others surrounding me if I wear N95 masks? Also, will wearing that mask prevent the spread if I have regular flu? Kindly suggest me.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The COVID-19 pandemic is not officially over. Therefore, I suggest you kindly wear a mask and practice social distancing, handwashing, and sanitization as per the official COVID-19 protocol. The COVID-19 vaccine prevents severe infection but does not preclude the possibi...  Read Full »

What can I do to prevent myself from getting seasonal flu?

Query: Hello doctor, I always get infected by the seasonal flu. When infected, it makes me fall very sick. I would like to know how I can protect myself from getting infected? Is the immunity low that I get infected with this seasonal flu? In that case, how can I raise the immunity? If I fall sick again, i...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The best way to protect yourself from getting infected is by vaccinating with a Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine. Also, take adequate measures to prevent catching the infection. I suggest the following: Vitamin C 500 mg one tablet once daily. ...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old has been having cough and cold from past one week and cannot sleep well at night. What medicines should I give?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a girl child who is 4 years old and weighs around 16 kilograms. She has been having cough and cold for the past 7 days and cannot sleep well during the night. I have been giving her Ambroxol syrup for the past 4 days, and I gave her Allerkid last night. What medication can I giv...  Read Full »

Dr. Radela Yvonne Cortes

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Does the patient have any fever? Is the patient a known asthmatic or with food and drug allergies? How was the response to Ambroxol and Allerkid? The cough and cold may be due to an infection (viral or bacterial), an allergy, or an asthma attack, among other possible...  Read Full »

Does my cold along with ear pain and ear itching suggest a sinus problem?

Query: Hi,I have had a cold for the past 20 days. Along with it, I have left ear pain, ear fullness, and an itching sensation. If I hear a loud sound, I feel like itching in my left ear. While swallowing, I hear a bubble-popping sound in my ear. My ENT doctor said I have a sinus problem. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to All these symptoms are common with flu infections. The persistence of these symptoms for long periods may point to eustachian tube dysfunction or the collection of fluids behind the eardrum. My suggestions for you- 1. A mucolytic anti-inflammatory drug such as α-Chymotr...  Read Full »

My wife is a lactating mother, and she has a runny nose and throat pain. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is having a runny nose and severe throat pain since today morning. She does not have a fever, and she has taken a Levocetirizine tablet. She is a breastfeeding mother. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and I am sorry for such discomfort. You have mentioned symptoms of runny nose and throat pain since today morning. It is probably a common cold, possibly due to a viral infection. Since she is a lactating mother, I would suggest the following:...  Read Full »

Do I need to worry about traveler's diarrhea?

Query: Hello doctor, I got diarrhea two weeks back, and it did not settle for a week, followed by constipation for four days. I also experienced nausea a couple of times which lasted for a short period and a mild headache. After two weeks, I had a mild dry cough for a day and a wet cough the next day with ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. To guide you better, I would like to know, 1) The medications you took to control the initial episode of diarrhea. 2) The symptoms you experience at present. 3) The medicines you are taking right now. ...  Read Full »

How to treat recurrent chronic illness and cold sensitivity during winters?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been ill for four weeks, and I had to stop using my treadmill. I tend to get sick every winter, despite all precautions. I usually recover in two weeks but not this time. I have no sore throat, fever, or cough, but I sneeze twice a day. My feet and hands get cold, my arms and legs...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and they are normal. You do not have any symptoms of flu or infection. It is just cold sensitivity. So I would suggest you continue with tablet...  Read Full »

I have fever with cold and headache from yesterday morning. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a fever with cold and headache from yesterday morning. There are no other symptoms. I took one Dolo tablet yesterday. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are suffering from viral flu. I would suggest the following medications to be taken for five days: 1) Tablet Mahacef CV 325mg (Cefixime and Clavulanic acid) twice daily. 2) Tablet Sinarest (Chlorpheniramine, Paracetamol, and Phenylephrine) one tablet twice dail...  Read Full »

How to get rid of blocked or runny nose in children?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 21 months old and weighs 11 kg. He has a cold. He has a running and stuffy nose. I put the saline drops at night, but still, he wakes up several times because of his blocked nose. For his running nose, I have Sinarest AF drops. Can I know the dosage for his age? And how many ti...  Read Full »

Dr. Payas Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I hope he is not having difficulty in breathing or fever. You can give Sinarest AF drops 1 mg or 1 ml twice to thrice a day. Keep monitoring the temperature. Revert in case of any query. Regards.  Read Full »

Do flu-like symptoms indicate submandibular gland inflammation?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32-year-old male. I do not have addictions and no lifestyle diseases. I had oral sex nine months ago. But then all my HIV tests were negative to date, including RT-PCR quantitative, qualitative, HIV duo, western blot, ICTC comb AIDS kit at eighth month was negative. EBV, VDRL, HSV...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had a detailed look at the USG (ultrasonography) scan report you have sent (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about. The symptoms you are facing are mainly due to inflammation in the submandibu...  Read Full »

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