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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My 2-year-old daughter gets a recurrent runny nose. Is it dangerous?

Query: Hi doctor, My 2 year old daughter has got running nose. But, there is no fever or chest block. This is the second time in this month. She sleeps with little noise from the nose. Is it dangerous for 2 years 3 months old to get a running nose? Can blocked nose cause the child to choke at night?...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are a few points to be noted here. When the nose is blocked, air entry is achieved through the mouth which stays open. So, there is no choking with blocked nose. However, this may disturb the sleep of the child. Recurrent episodes of a cough and cold without fever,...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my severe cough and feeling of lump stuck in my throat?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a horrible cough for around five months. It feels like small stuff stuck in my throat. I have tried many different OTC medicines. And I am not sick. Recently, I went to an eye doctor, and my temperature was fine. Now I have a cough, and I cannot control that randomly starts...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The most common reason for having this irritation in the throat with a feeling of a lump or something obstructing while swallowing saliva can be a feature of chronic silent GERD with LPR (gastroesophageal reflux with laryngopharyngeal reflux). Even though you might ...  Read Full »

My 6-year-old daughter has a fever with cough. How to help her?

Query: Hi doctor, My 6 year old daughter was having fever since last night. Fever was between 100 and 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Initially, baby felt cold and her feet were cold as well. But, later on even the feet became hot. I administered syrup Calpol 5 mL once at 10 PM. Child's weight is around 34 kg, sli...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Child Health Specialist, Family Physician, Paediatrician, Pediatric Allergy Asthma Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I would suggest you to continue giving Paracetamol every 4 to 6 hours for at least two to three days irrespective of fever. As her weight is 34 kg, I would suggest you increase the dose to 7.5 mL of 250mg per 5 mL suspension. Generally, viral fe...  Read Full »

Will Grilinctus syrup cause harm to the baby during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor,I am four and a half months pregnant. I took a spoon of Grilinctus syrup. Is it harmful to my baby?  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention whether you are taking it for cough and cold, the duration of taking it, experiencing any other problem, and taking any other medicine along with it. Please share the above information to enable me to help you better.   Read Full »

Do mere runny nose, throat pain, and cough suggest COVID-19 infection?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 13 years old. He has a runny nose and a mild cough but no fever. He had a slight pain in the throat and cold for the past three days. Now he has a mild cough from yesterday. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your son has been suffering from a runny nose, mild cough, throat ache, etc. Your son can take some medications like Azithromycin, Fexofenadine, Montelukast, and Acetaminophen or Paracetamol for relieving his ...  Read Full »

What causes obstruction at the third rib above the nipple after getting cough?

Query: Hi doctor, I have mild cough and expectoration for the past six months and I consulted a pulmonologist. The doctor advised a CXR and PFT after diagnosing that I have mild asthma. I am taking Foracort inhaler and my symptoms are under control now. I feel like some obstruction is present at the level...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from mild expectorant for the past six months. According to the CXR (chest X-ray) provided here, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) I have not found any pathology present in the thir...  Read Full »

How to cure my ear inflammation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40 year old male. I have been battling sinus problem, congestion and cough for about three weeks. Three weeks ago, I visited a clinic and I was given 500 mg Amox. I completed the cycle, but still had cough and drainage. So, I visited the clinic again, wherein I was given Decadr...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns. I want to assure you that, you do not have to worry as everything is going to be fine if proper care and treatment is opted.  Read Full »

Kindly suggest an effective treatment to cure allergic cough and rhinitis.

Query: Hi doctor,I suffer from allergic cough and rhinitis for many years. I am taking Montek for six months. But I do not have any improvement. Do I need any nasal spray? Please suggest some medications. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After going through your history and attachment carefully (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I suggest you consult a physician with your reports. Your serum IgE (Immunoglobin E) levels are raised. Allergic rhinitis can occur due to a known or unknown form...  Read Full »

How to get relief from cold presenting with yellow substance in the nose?

Query: Hi doctor,I have undergone surgery on the nose before seven years. I had bleeding from the nose and so the surgery was done. Now, I am suffering from a cold for two months and a yellow color substance is present inside my nose. It looks like mucus and sometimes I have water coming out from my nose. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kapil Meena

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have chronic sinus infection. You have not mentioned the name of the surgery whether it is septoplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery or any other surgery. There is nothing to worry.   Read Full »

Kindly suggest a treatment for my brother's heart problem.

Query: Hello doctor,For a few months, my brother is suffering from cough with asthma. When we consulted our doctor, he asked us to get a few tests like echo and CT scan. From the test reports, he was detected with some heart problem. Some doctors said that as thrombus and some said as mass. I have attached...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu


Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a rhabdomyoma of heart. Rhabdomyoma is a benign tumor and in your brother case, it is present in the heart. As it is in the left atrium of heart, it is causing the size of cavity of the heart to increase. Cough and breathing problem you are facing are because o...  Read Full »

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