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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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I have nasal congestion and cough. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 49 year old male. I am suffering from nasal congestion and cough. I am taking only Levocetirizine for this. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your infection will be most probably a viral infection because of the season now. However, we can be sure of that only after a swab is taken and it is cultured to see if there grows any bacteria in it. I give you the following suggestions to take care of the pr...  Read Full »

Please suggest a cough medicine for a kidney transplant patient.

Query: Hi doctor, My father is a kidney transplant patient. He had his transplant a year ago. Right now he is having wet cough and cold. It started yesterday. He is taking Pangraf 1.5 mg, Cellcept 500 mg, Septran and Wysolone daily. Which medicines should we give him for cough and cold?  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, most of the cough and common cold are upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) issues, which are self-limiting and respond without antibiotics. But since he is on immunosupressants, he would be considered for antibiotics if he develops any high grade fe...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment for allergic cough in a 5-year-old kid.

Query: Hello doctor, My boy is 5 years and 8 months old. He is having allergic sneezing, on and off cold from the past eight months (my wife has a regular allergic sneezing regularly). He is good, but since three days he is having occasional cough and sneezing occasionally (especially in the morning). I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Payas Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It looks like allergic rhinitis. You should give an anti-allergic syrup. I hope that there is no fever.  Read Full »

Please suggest a medicine for cough and cold.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cold, cough and I am ill for the past two days. Please suggest any medication because I am having my exams.  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Arya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to lt is the body's mechanism to fight off the infection thats why we get cough and sneeze to expel the infection and it is not the medicine that could help you for the exam. Purchase a steamer or dehumidifier, pour in camphor oil or Karvol vapocap (Chlorothymol+ Mentho...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old son is suffering from reactive airway disease. Is it safe to use Montair LC kid?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is four and a half years old, and he is suffering from reactive airway disease (enclosing the reports and prescription). Kindly suggest based on the above medication that till how long we can safely go ahead with Montair LC Kid. Is there any upper limit of giving this. I am very...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please note that the medications prescribed are to the best of my knowledge. Montelukast has been prescribed for patients for prolonged periods extending up to even two years without any problems. It uses has shown reduced requirements of admission and improving the ...  Read Full »

Will Z-Pak relieve my fever, coughs, and runny nose?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22-year-old male with ulcerative colitis since the age of 9. I woke up with a nasty fever, mucus filled coughs, and runny nose. I was curious how a Z-pack would affect me.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The possibility of respiratory tract infection is more likely. You should definitely take Z pack (Azithromycin), no need to worry about this. Along with Z pack also, do warm water gargles and steam inhalation 4 to 5 times a day. If it does...  Read Full »

I can see the tar kind of thing while brushing my teeth. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a smoker for the past 10 years. Now reduced from last two to three months. During morning cough I can see tar kind of things after brushing. Why is it so?  Read Full »

Dr. Ohams Ike Henry

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have been a smoker for 10 years, and I am not sure how many sticks or packs you consume in a day, that may help in quantifying your pack year. Now this cough is productive of dark tar stained mucus. Going by your symptoms and body weight, it seems you have really...  Read Full »

What are the best practices for effective handwashing?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36-year-old female. I am willing to know the best practices for effective handwashing and its significance in maintaining good health. What are the correct steps and techniques for thorough handwashing? I am keen to understand the recommended duration, use of soap, water tempera...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I will tell you everything you need to know about hand washing. Handwashing is a simple and effective way to prevent the spread of infections and diseases. Here are some best practices for effective handwashing: 1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or co...  Read Full »

I am suffering with running nose, cough, and nasal blockage and concerned what could be effective treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from a runny nose, cough, and nasal blockage and want to know the effective treatment. Kindly suggest. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You might be suffering from a viral upper respiratory infection. I suggest you follow the below-mentioned instructions: Take a tablet of Phenylephrine twice daily for five days, which acts as a decongestant. Take the tablet Paracetam...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for throat congestion and irritation?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from a cough, irritation in the throat, and mild pain. I feel feverish but do not have an actual fever. Temperature variation is a problem where I live, and I travel around 50 km daily by bus. I am also a smoker. I usually get into this trouble at least twice a year during season...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is again an episode of upper respiratory tract infection. The prescription would be the same. You first try azithromycin once a day for five days. If it does not respond, then I suggest Amoxicillin. I also suggest betadine gargles and sy...  Read Full »

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