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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Can the antibiotics I took before a month alter my sputum test results?

Query: Hi doctor, I have cough for about a week. It is a mild one with a bit sore throat. So, I did my sputum test in a laboratory and the following are the results I received today. Acid fast bacilli smear - acid fast bacilli not detected. In sputum culture and sensitivity, culture - negative, organism - ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. Your sputum stain says that you have lower respiratory tract infection. However, culture is negative which can occur due to antibiotic consumption prior to sputum collection. Treatment would be based on your symptoms. Please mention what symptoms...  Read Full »

Can a severe cough in the morning in my child indicate an allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2 years and 8 months old. He has a severe cough nowadays, especially in the morning. I am currently giving him Levolin syrup for his cough. Also, he vomits after a bout of a cough. He has a history of wheezing and was prescribed nebulizers by the doctor. I need to give him...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not unnecessarily start him on antibiotics. It is common in children of this age group to have a cough and cold on and off, due to seasonal variations. He will overcome it as he grows old. Do not start antibiotics unless the cough is associated with fever. Continu...  Read Full »

Will the sense of smell return to normal after sinusitis?

Query: Hello doctor,I was diagnosed with chronic sinusitis without polyps 23 months ago. I had congestion, pain, pressure, loss of smell and taste, tinnitus, cough, dizziness, and eustachian tube dysfunction when it first started. My ENT said that my maxillary and ethmoid sinuses were affected, and there i...  Read Full »

Dr. Radhika Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You will be much better with the treatment that you are presently taking. It will take at least one month for the symptoms to subside. However, the sense of smell is slightly unpredictable at this stage. If these conditions are complicated with COVID-19 (Co...  Read Full »

I have had persistent pain due to white thrush on my tongue for one month. Why am I getting this?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from persistent pain due to white thrush on my tongue for one month. So I just want to know why I am getting this? Would you please help me with this? I also have a viral cough, so I am currently using Tablet Amoxicillin.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to I saw your query. I saw the picture attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I will help you solve your doubts. Your tongue looks quite normal, so do not worry. It will not be a serious complication. Check if any teeth are scratching on the to...  Read Full »

I feel a crackling sound while I inhale and exhale air. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,When I inhale and exhale, I feel a crackling sound, and then I cough, and then I salivate, which gives me relief. I have been facing it for so long, but it was not constant, but now for one month, it is constant. I have used many medications, but no use. I have asthma. Currently, I am taki...  Read Full »

Dr. Radha P H

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Other than asthma, I think you may be having oesophageal reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder). Are you spitting out saliva only, or is there sputum also? You can try the following to get relief: 1) Breathing exercises. 2) Avoid spicy, chilly...  Read Full »

Can antibiotics cure seasonal allergic cough?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past three years, I have been suffering from allergic cough. I have cough only during the months of September and October. It stretches for a period of 1-2 months. This time my PCP gave me a Decadron shot and within few hours my cough has got better. Should I buy the prescribed a...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With the conversation, I understand that you are a 33 year old male suffering from cough especially during the months of September and October through the years. Therefore, it is clear that you are suffering from allergic bronchitis. It is considered to be seasonal. T...  Read Full »

What should I do if I am COVID negative but have a headache, fever, chest pain, and inflamed bronchi?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 27-year-old male. For the past three weeks, I have had chest pain, heaviness, occasional cough, and a fever of 99°F (37.2°C) with a headache. I did a chest x-ray, and my doctor said that my bronchi are a little inflamed. He thought I had had COVID, but I was tested negative all...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from chest pain, heaviness, occasional cough, mild fever, and headache for the last three weeks. According to your chest x-ray reports that are provide...  Read Full »

Why do I have symptoms after the second dose of the Covishield but not after the first dose?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my second dose of the Covishield vaccine four days ago. And after that, I am having fever, shivering, headache, body ache, cough, and cold. I took tablet Dolo 650 mg four times but did not get relief. I did not have any symptoms after my first dose. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern, and I will help you with it.Symptoms like fever, cough, headache, and body ache are common after-effects of the Covishield vaccine. Sometimes these symptoms are seen only with the second dose as it generates a more intense immune response. Thes...  Read Full »

What happens if you aspirate a small piece of cinnamon?

Query: Hello doctor, I accidentally breathed in cinnamon. I put it in water, and when I went to drink, I inhaled some through my mouth. Will I be fine? I coughed only a little bit, and I do not have any breathing issues now. But I worry about it getting to my lungs. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Do not worry, and it will not cause any severe side effects to the lungs. Because it does not contain any harmful substance or chemical, lung injuries or any other reaction is impossible. For prevention, I sug...  Read Full »

What happens if water enters the wind pipe?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday, I got "water in the wrong hole," coughed a bit, and felt fine again. Later at night, I had brief chest pain. Today morning after going to the toilet, I coughed up some yellow-colored mucus. I do not have a fever, my pulse is around 55 to 60 (lower than usual), and my SpO2...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. I do not think chest pain is anything related to this episode. Coughing after something gets into the trachea (air pipe) is a protective mechanism to protect the lungs. Even if it is connected, the reason could be mu...  Read Full »

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