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 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 »

Even after taking antibiotics for cough and stomach pain, there is no relief. Why?

Query: Hi doctorI have been sick on and off for two months. I have had a cough, stuffed nose, body aches, fever and burning when I urinate. I also have had a sharp pain in the stomach and headache. I have taken antibiotics, but they did nothing to me. I am a 45 year old male.  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Dhamankar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and symptoms. I feel you need to get evaluated for infectious as well as autoimmune disorders. As per chronicity of the symptoms cough of more than three weeks and stomach ache with burning micturition fits more for infectious disease. As yo...  Read Full »

Are grunting sounds, vomiting, and cough signs of bronchiolitis in a baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 5-months-old. His birth weight was 3.160 kgs. Last month we went to the doctor as he was breathing loud and could hear dry sounds from the chest. He was prescribed antibiotics for a respiratory tract infection. After one week again the same problem. We took an X-ray as sugg...  Read Full »

Dr. Sudhakar Palanisamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Firstly initial diagnosis of bronchiolitis was made (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), which means the baby might have had some wheeze at that time. And the baby was treated. It is a transient condition, and I dou...  Read Full »

Does coughing up sputum with silver specks indicate bacterial respiratory infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am coughing up sputum with silver specks. I have been feeling unwell, and lab results show bacteria. My doctor says it is nothing to worry about. I cough up thick sputum with silver in it. It drys really hard like plastic. It is coming up from my lungs. I am attaching my reports. I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your reports show that you have a bacterial infection (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Do not worry. It can be treated with antibiotics. There are both types of infection in your sputum, gram-positive and negative, which is common. But moreover, ...  Read Full »

What are the causes of fingernail clubbing with no symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27-year-old male, and I would like to consult about fingernail clubbing. I have attached photos of my fingers and toes. It looks like I have developed it in my hands and toes since I was born, but it was noticeable only when I grew up. I did consult with a cardiologist one to t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Does anyone in your family have it? If yes, then it suggests the possibility of inherited cause only. If not, it can be primary or inherited clubbing. Yes, I have seen such patients with clubbing without apparent secondary cause and any significant complications. S...  Read Full »

Is a blood test needed if cough persists more than eight days after testing COVID positive?

Query: Hi doctor, I was tested COVID positive eight days ago. Now I do not have fever or cold, but cough is there. Should I go for blood test? I am taking Multivitamin and Zinc tablets at present. Please give your advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Satyajit Jalinder Pawar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query, and I can understand your concern. COVID evolves in three phases. The first phase is viral multiplication, in which there are symptoms of fever, cough. Once fever is gone phase of inflammation starts characterized by lung damage, which...  Read Full »

Do ACE inhibitors stimulate cough?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother had undergone an angioplasty three months before. Her vitals, like sugar level, blood pressure, and all are fine. But she has developed a cough which comes after a slight tickling sensation in her mouth area, and the cough is a kind of relief for her. We did take her to the ENT...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the cough has started after ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitor, I suggest she stop it and replace it with ARB (angiotensin receptor blockers) like Valsartan 80 mg at evening time. If the cough is chronic, then cause should be sought. Allergy, post-nasal dr...  Read Full »

Does fever increase the heart rate?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 71 years old and is type 2 diabetic with a history of glaucoma, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. For two days, my father has a cough and a heart rate close to 100 bpm. However, all other parameters like BP, sugar level and oxygen seem normal. His postprandial glucose le...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to He is aged 71 years with multiple comorbidities, so his immunity is low. Currently, he has a fever and cough. Due to the fever, his heart rate is high. When fever subsides, the heart rate will go back to normal. There is no need to worry about the heart rate as it is no...  Read Full »

What are the long term effects of COVID-19 on the lungs?

Query: Hello doctor,I had COVID-19, and I would like for a pulmonologist to see my x-ray and tell me if I have some problems. Also, I would like to know which parts of my lungs are not good because of COVID.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you had a history of COVID-19 infection. According to your x-ray films that are provided here, it seems to be normal to me. Your x-ray film shows bilaterally vascular enlargement or vascular markings are pro...  Read Full »

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