Q. I have cold, cough and chest pain. What can I do?

Answered by
Dr. Mashfika N Alam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Hello doctor,

I have been very cold for weeks. I have a runny nose, my body hurts, I have a cough, and a few days ago I had chest pains that lasted some minutes.

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Family Physician General Practitioner

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

You have caught a cold alright.

Is there any fever? Also, is the cough productive? If there is no productive cough and no fever, then you probably have a post nasal drip associated with the rhinitis, hence a chronic dry cough.

It could also be tracheitis, in which case you may need prescription antibiotics if it does not go away or gets worse in a couple of days.

The episode of chest pain once was probably just from all the straining of respiratory muscles due to coughing.

For now, if you do not have a fever or a purulent cough, just do the following:

  1. Steam with menthol inhalation three times a day.
  2. An antihistamine like Cetirizine.
  3. If symptoms do not improve in two to three days or worsen, prescription antibiotics may be needed for possible tracheobronchitis.
  4. Paracetamol for body ache - just one tablet once or twice daily.

For more information consult a general practitioner online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/general-practitioner


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