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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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 35.27 Ibs. 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 give h...  Read Full »

Dr. Radela Yvonne L. Ramos-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 »

Why does my 40-month-old son keep getting cold frequently?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 40 months old and weighs 20 kilograms. He joined play school around ten months back and has been prone to cold every month. He also gets cold if he travels to a new place by car. During his cold, he is active, eats well, and bowel motion is also normal. Every month I use any ...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is common to have such frequent infections till 8 years of age due to weak immune systems. Give a nutritious and balanced diet. Follow hygiene and respiratory etiquette. No change in medication is required.  Read Full »

Infection in left ear follwed by pain in right ear.

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 5 years old. Last month, we noticed that she had pain in her right ear and the thing continued for three to four days. On 5th, we noticed lots of wax in her right ear. It seemed to be pus. So, we took her to an ear specialist. After diagnosis, the doctor told us that he...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Ear infections in children are very common. Children have a straight and wide eustachian tube that helps throat microbes to reach the ear easily and cause infection. So whenever she has a chest infection or throat pain or cold or flu, there are chances that her ears wi...  Read Full »

What does elevated ESR in the blood report indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to know some details of my reports. Please advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems to be normal but there are some mild changes. There is a slight decrease in PCV (packed cell volume) and elevation in ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate). But the other values are ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my son's ear pain after suffering a cough with thick mucus in his nose and throat?

Query: Hi doctor, My son had a cold and cough with thick phlegm and mucus from the nose and throat. Also, the phlegm is trapped in the right ear, which causes pain in the right ear and jaw. What medicine can be given to draining the mucus from the ear to relieve pain? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Nitin Dongre

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It is an upper respiratory infection, so I would suggest the following medicines: Tablet Zifi CV (Cefixime and Ofloxacin) 200 mg twice daily for five days. Tablet Cheston cold total (Ambroxol, Levocetirizine, Paracetamo...  Read Full »

My child is suffering from a blocked nose, cough, and fever. Please suggest treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, My child is suffering from a blocked nose, cough, and fever. The fever usually comes along with seizures. He is under medication for these symptoms. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Samreen A Urooj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you to give Beclomethasone (steroid) along with Salbutamol (selective beta2-adrenergic receptor agonist)(800 micrograms and 1600 micrograms) per unit dose vial at 12 hours interval in a nebulizer. Also...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a treatment for my 2.5-year-old son, who was born prematurely and constantly gets cold and cough.

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2.5-year-old and was bornas a premature baby in the 34th week. He constantly keeps geting colds, coughs, and fever from the first few months. I had been diagnosed with allergic rhinitis three years back, so I had been on antihistamines (Cetirizine 10 mg) throughout my term on...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. Your baby is at high risk of hyperactive airways due to prematurity and strong family history. But, I believe if the baby's Immunity is constantly looked after, he should be fine as he grows. The main trigger for repeated episodes is the baby's...  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 Lev...  Read Full »

I have a headache, cold, fever, and an unwell feeling. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a headache, cold, fever, and an unwell feeling. What should I do? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Sajid Shaikh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You seem to be at the start of a cold. However, since symptoms started this morning, it could very well be flu as well. It would be best if you follow the steps mentioned below. 1. First, increase fluid intake and take bed rest for three day...  Read Full »

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