Cough

If you have any irritant in your throat like dust, smoke, or fluid, a cough is the body's reflex action to clear the throat. A cough is the most frequent symptom of an infection in the upper and lower respiratory tract like bronchitis, asthma, COPD, common cold, flu, and emphysema. A cough can be dry (non-productive) or accompanied with sputum (productive).

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What is the remedy for sore throat, cough and post nasal drip?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore throat, slight cough and post nasal drip. No fever. What can I take?  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should have tablet Azithromycin 500 mg once daily, along with some antacids like Pantoprazole 40 mg before breakfast once daily for five days. Also, have Betadine gargles four times a day. For cough, you can have syrup Alex (Phenylephrine Hydrochloride and Chlor...  Read Full »

Why is there no relief in cough and redness in throat even after medication?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old. I have some issues. Three years ago I had sex with a girl whom I don't know well and five months after I got two red dots on my hands (one on the right hand and one on the left hand) and that one on the left hand was spreading by the time and other stayed the same....  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Plastic Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, the dots which you have mentioned are no way related to HIV infection. You have tonsillitis, so my advice is to take Amoxycillin and Clavulanic acid 625 mg tablet twice daily for ten days. Since you had unsafe sex, you might be exposed to HIV, so go thr...  Read Full »

Can blood in sputum be caused by excess clearing of throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I had pneumonia two years ago and I have recovered from it after taking antibiotics for 10 days. Two months back, I had bronchitis and a milder form of pneumonia. After a week of antibiotics I felt much better. Now, my main concern is that I have excessive phlegm with some traces of bl...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Bronchitis itself can cause blood in sputum (hemoptysis). This happens due to rupture of minute blood vessels due to excessive coughing. In such case, it is very important to rule out any pneumonia, tuberculosis and lung malignancy. The supplements you have mentioned will...  Read Full »

Please suggest some medicine for throat infection, and cough.

Query: Hello doctor, My 23 years old daughter is having a throat infection, sore throat, and cough from yesterday. No medications taken so far.  Read Full »


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Did she develop a fever? If she did, then it indicates a bacterial infection mostly and hence antibiotics should be started. If she has only throat pain, without fever, I will advise doing saline water gargling (a pinch of salt in warm water), at least three to fou...  Read Full »

Why do I hear a sound when I close my ears with my fingers?

Query: Hi doctor, Whenever I close my ears with my fingers, I hear a very faint sound in my right ear from the past couple of weeks. And when I remove my fingers, the sound stops. What is this sound that I hear?  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This sound can be normal. When we close our ears, we do not hear outside sound, so we feel that there is some sound coming from our body. If you have a cough or cold, it can also lead to similar symptoms, due to eustachian tube block. To rule out any pressure changes in ...  Read Full »

How to treat cough, sore throat and increased urinary frequency?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male. I have some symptoms for the last few days like cough, sore throat, frequent sensation of urinating, with no or very little urine and feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder. It is accompanied by pain, which feels like it is in the urethra. The frequency...  Read Full »


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You have not given adequate history. Did you have any unprotected sexual intercourse in recent days? Are you at risk for STD (sexually transmitted disease)? If so, then frequent urination and burning accompanied by some pain can signify som...  Read Full »

I am sick with cough and wheeze. How to get cured?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 22 years old female, with 5'5" height and I weight 60.5 kg. I have been sick for the past seven days, and my symptoms have not seemed to have gone away. I was given antibiotics (Amoxicillin) as well. I was to know where to go from here I can tell you what my symptoms are,1. Coughin...  Read Full »


Dr. Priety

General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your history, it is evident that you have bronchial asthma. In asthma, there is reversible airway obstruction, the airway becomes swollen and narrow, and this is the reason for wheeze and cough. But coughing out on blood indicates that your lung going on for some ...  Read Full »

I have abdominal pain while coughing, and sneezing. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having mild pain while coughing, sneezing, or doing some full stretch work below the lower rib in the right side of the abdomen. Kindly suggest treatment.  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly get an ECG, chest x-ray done. Also, mention what medication are you taking for your sickness. Pain while coughing could be due to inflammation in the intercostal muscles due to excessive coughing. Other reason could be due to pleural effusion. That why at lest...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old daughter often gets cold, cough, and wheezing. How to get it treated?

Query: Hello doctor,My 5-year-old daughter often gets cold, cough, and end up with a fever and slight wheezing. No history of wheezing in the family. What test and medication have to be done for wheezing?  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your child may be tending to develop asthma and allergy. When investigating the child with wheezing, it is better to get her clinically examined by the pediatrician or a pediatric pulmonologist. The tests required include a chest x-ray and complete blood count in mos...  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

Child Health Specialist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, Medical Gastroenterologist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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