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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The NAC supplement I swallowed is making me cough. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I swallowed a 600 mg NAC supplement nine hours ago. It went down the wrong pipe, and I could not cough it out. I had choked twice, which was scary, and my mother made me sit down and calm down and take sips of water. I did this, then tried burping and choking it up, and only a tiny bit ...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to is nothing that you need to be worried. A tablet cannot enter the windpipe and remain there without creating choking cough-like symptoms until it is ejected. Eventually, it has to enter the food pipe, and during the process, it slowly disintegrates, and even if you...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing intermittent cough during night or when exposed to cold temperatures after COVID infection. Is it a matter of concern?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a fever recently and found my COVID results to be positive. Now no more COVID, but I have an intermittent cough, especially at night or when I am exposed to cold temperatures. So I went for HRCT chest. Please find my report and give suggestions. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from cough, especially at night. According to the HRCT (high-resolution computed tomography) of the Chest, your reports (attachment removed to protect patient's i...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment plan for high fever, cough, joint pain, and elevated liver enzymes.

Query: Hello doctor, My father is a 57-year-old male. For the past 12 days, he is suffering from high fever, cough, joint pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, and low platelet count. We tested him for viral, dengue, and typhoid fever. But all came out negative. Then our doctor recommended LFT (liver function ...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry. Any viral fever or hepatotoxic drugs may lead to elevation of liver enzymes. In few patients, it may be due to alcohol-induced liver injury or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, etc. So until a proper examination is done, it is difficult to say what it is....  Read Full »

Suggest some solutions for severe cough with thick mucus.

Query: Hi doctor, My family member is having a severe cough with thick mucous for the last 20 days, have tried different medications, but there is no significant improvement. The medicine includes; cough syrup containing Dextromethorphan three times a day, tablet Lysomucil 600 mg (Acetylcysteine) in the m...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to your statement, the patient has been suffering from severe cough for the last 20 days and has had childhood allergic asthma. As the patient has a history of allergic asthma, it will be wise to find out the triggering factors like du...  Read Full »

How can I manage persistent cough, fever, headache and irritation of eyes?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a cough for the past four weeks. I took tablets and syrup, but it did not cure. For the past two weeks, I have felt feverish, tired, headache, and irritation in the eyes. Currently, I am taking Rexcof syrup. I have not taken any lab tests. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern. You are suffering from URTI (upper respiratory tract infection), and it has got complicated due to inadequate treatment. I would suggest:1) Antibiotics like tablet Cefixime clavulanate (Cefixime, Clavulanic acid) 325 mg twice daily for seve...  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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

My mom has headache, fever, and cough. What can this be?

Query: Hello doctor, My mom has a history of kidney disease and is on medications for it. She has headache, fever, and has been coughing too. I am really worried about her. She feels cold the whole day though it is winter here, but I am still worried. I saw online that the first symptoms of meningitis wer...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query in detail and understand your concern. The symptoms that you have mentioned fit the description of COVID (coronavirus disease). The good news is this is not meningitis, only mild COVID (coronavirus disease) from which she is going to ...  Read Full »

How to cure the chest congestion, nose block, and cough in me after a recent weather change?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a chest congestion and nose block leading to the formation of a thick yellow mucus when I wake up in the morning. This started after a recent weather change in my city and I have this problem for a week now. I have not taken any medication yet. I do not have any other health is...  Read Full »

Dr. Murali R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest the following medications: Alex cough syrup (a combination of Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin, and Chlorpheniramine) 10 ml, after food, morning and night till the cough subside and your chest congestion is relieved. Tablet Levocetirizine for cold, a...  Read Full »

What could be done for cough and running nose for my five-year-old son?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 5 years old. Since yesterday, he has a cough and running nose. Yesterday, I gave him Zyrcold syrup.  Read Full »

Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your son is suffering from a cough and running nose from one day. I would like some more information: Is this associated with shortness of breath? Is this associated with whistling sounds? What is the color of the sputum? Does he have a fever or labored breathing? Do...  Read Full »

Is there any problem in giving multivitamin tablets along with cough syrup to my three-year-old son?

Query: Hi doctor, My 3 year old son is suffering from cold and cough. His doctor prescribed Rapitus plus along with Levolin inhaler for three days, Foracort inhaler two puffs daily (once in the morning and once at night) for three months. I am giving him Zincovit, Immuno Bliss and Septilin regularly. Can...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, you can use Septilin and Immuno Bliss along with Rapitus plus syrup (combination of Levodropropizine and Chlorpheniramine maleate). These medicines boost the fighting capacity against allergies and infections. For further information consult a paediatrician online --...  Read Full »

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