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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Is it safe to give Meftal-P and Ambrocof-LS to my infant to cure fever and cough?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is just 32 days old. He is having some cough and cold symptoms. I visited the local physician and was advised to give him Meftal-P, Cefpodoxime Proxetil suspension IP, and Ambrocof-LS drops. Please suggest if these medicines are safe.  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Meftal-P is Mefenamic Acid used as an antipyretic to bring down the fever. While Cefpodoxime is a third-generation Cephalosporin antibiotic for lower respiratory tract infections of bacterial origin. Ambroxol-LS is a cough suppressant preparation used for wet cough....  Read Full »

Can my cough with phlegm and itching in the throat due to cancer as I was using cocaine?

Query: Hi doctor,I used cocaine for six months but for four months, I have coughs and phlegm especially in the morning. I never had throat pain. It just feels itchy. I saw a doctor who gave me allergy spray with Cortizon but I took it for just one month. I keep drinking alcohol and cold drinks which makes ...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that you have attached shows slightly enlarged tonsils with granular pharyngitis. There is nothing to worry. Your symptoms are due to chronic irritation of your throat which could be due to rhinosinusitis o...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from fever and dry cough for three days. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a fever yesterday. It reached 37 degrees Celsius, and I have had a dry cough for almost three days. I took flu medicine and Carbocisteine yesterday. I want to request an online medical examination and a medical certificate.  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query. Please answer the questions below for a more comprehensive understanding. 1) Do you have any sore throat? 2) Do you have any runny nose or nasal blockage? 3) Do you have any headache, body ache, tiredness, or breathing difficulty? 4) What ...  Read Full »

Why do I get a cough during December, which lasts for three to four months?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 30 years old, female. I get cough problem during year end which never goes till next 3 to 4 months. I get a little bit of relaxation by medicine but not completely and again next year I feel the same problem. I have gone for X-ray, etc., and everything was fine.  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your cough seems related to the weather which gets worse during the winter season. Which city do you live in since some dry arid or polluted cities have high levels of toxins? And what is your BMI (body mass index) or weight and height? That may also cause gastric irritat...  Read Full »

Can smoking cause irritation, inflammation, and swelling of the turbinate and nasal mucosa?

Query: Hello doctor, My left nasal turbinate is red and inflamed. It is hurting, and sometimes even the right nasal turbinate is also inflamed and hurting, but it is usually on the left side. I could feel popping and clicking sounds in sinuses, the pressure inside my nose, brain fog, difficulty in remembe...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. The most common reason for your symptom is severe allergic rhinitis associated with sinusitis. You will find some answers to the questions that you have asked in the explanation below. However, I have separat...  Read Full »

My child suffers from pneumonia; can it make him prone to other serious illnesses?

Query: Hi doctor, My child is two years and eleven months old. He was admitted to the hospital after being diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia. I would like to seek consultation here due to the language barrier with the local doctors. First, I would like to know if we got to the hospital too late. Eight mon...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Radheshyam Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. As you mentioned, pneumonia has been diagnosed. In addition, your child is taking antibiotics and other medications. So there is no need to be concerned. It will take time to resolve this. His Sp02 level is above 90 %, so it does not appe...  Read Full »

Is RT-PCR required for upper respiratory tract infection?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 24-year-old female of weight 65 kg. I have had a cough, cold, and also little pain in my throat for the last three days. And everyone in my family has a cold and cough. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Navajith A. Mani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) can be defined as self-limited irritation and swelling of the upper airways with associated cough and no signs of pneumonia in a patient with no other condition that would account for their symptoms or with no history of ...  Read Full »

My infant produces a lot of mucus when he coughs. Is this an emergency?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an 11-month-old baby who weighs 10.7 kg and is 78 cm. He has never had any health issues. Today, he started coughing productively, out of the blue. A little in the morning and evening and more in the night. There is a lot of mucus breaking when he coughs, I can hear it. No feve...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No, it is not an emergency as long as the child is not breathless or has difficulty in feeding, or is cyanosed. Also, a detailed investigative workup with blood tests and an X-ray of the chest is advisable to get to the diagnosis. As per your history, I do not thin...  Read Full »

I am having thick postnatal drip. What can i do to cure this?

Query: Hello doctor, I had thyroid fever two years back and experienced similar discomfort; the doctor had prescribed Omeprazole. I have been experiencing a thick postnasal drip from the mid of this year, which makes me cough out so hard, but no phlegm has come out. I lost my sense of smell and taste when ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query. Sorry for such discomfort you are having. It is a long history of medications you have mentioned. Coming to your symptoms, it points towards probably laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Symptoms of LPR include the following: 1) Like something s...  Read Full »

What medicines do you suggest for severe cough that developed after a cold?

Query: Hello doctor,I am facing this severe and acute cough for the past three days. I am constantly coughing. It started with a cold and a running nose. I took a Zyrcold tablet for it. It helped with the running nose, but since then I am coughing constantly. There is no fever now, only a persistent cough....  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. You seem to have had an upper respiratory viral infection. Generally, it is a self-limiting illness and settles in a week. However, the symptoms can be bothersome. I suggest the following medicines: 1) Tablet Telekast-L (a combination ...  Read Full »

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