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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Are PFT tests reliable?

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached my PFT report and blood reports here for your reference. I would like to get a detailed analysis of my report. Kindly explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Mahaveer Patil

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Physiotherapist, Spine Health Specialist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your attached reports in detail (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Serum uric acid is on a borderline level. It can increase due to alcohol, soda-based cold drinks, non-vegetarian food, especially meat and fish. You have to avoid these ...  Read Full »

What should I do for my fever, nausea, and severe cough?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old male. I do not have COVID, but I have been extremely sick for eight days. I have nausea, throwing up, fever, extreme amount of coughing, sore throat, and stomach. I have a bit of a phlegm buildup in my throat somewhere. When I got tested three or four days ago, and t...  Read Full »

Dr. Nishant

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Looking at your symptoms, it is definitely a bacterial or a viral infection. I would advise you to get a COVID-19 RT-PCR analysis (swab test) again on the fifth day from when you tested it, as well as do a COVID-19 antigen test (blood test). Fol...  Read Full »

Why does my bedridden father cough even after giving nebulizer?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 82 years old , currently he is on bed. we use pads . He eats normal but the only thing is cough. We give him nebulizer twice a day , but now when he is talking we can hear the cough sound. pease advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Sanya Dhingra

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Greetings from my end . To my knowledge , this cough sound is not exactly cough sound but a wheeze ( what we call it in medical language) . Wheeze is a very common feature of COPD ( bronchial asthma) . This could also be just sputum collection in the airway. Is there is previous history of asthma...  Read Full »

Why do I hear a sound when I close my ears with my fingers?

Query: Hi doctor, Whenever I close my ears with my fingers, I hear a very faint sound in my right ear from the past couple of weeks. And when I remove my fingers, the sound stops. What is this sound that I hear?  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This sound can be normal. When we close our ears, we do not hear outside sound, so we feel that there is some sound coming from our body. If you have a cough or cold, it can also lead to similar symptoms, due to eustachian tube block. To rule out any pressure changes in ...  Read Full »

Will inhaling saltwater affect the lungs?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old man with normal BMI. I inhaled salt water while swimming at the beach. Will it affect my lungs? What is the natural way to treat this?  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara P

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Pain Medicine Physician, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Seawater or salt water by itself is harmless to the lungs. The worst you may get is few days of cough because of lung irritationfrom the salt present in the water. At present, if you are not having any problem then there is nothing to worry. But there are chances of yo...  Read Full »

How to know whether my cold, cough and breathlessness are common illness or COVID-19?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cold and a dry cough. Sometimes I feel that I am short of breath. It is going on for like four days now. What should I do? I am currently taking Neozep for my cold and Solmux for my cough.   Read Full »

Dr. Ama Siddiqui

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This ongoing pandemic is confusing to rule out any upper respiratory symptoms to be doubtful for any non-COVID respiratory infections. Unless, there is any physical contact with any COVID positive person, and if no physical distancing was followed or if someone is no...  Read Full »

Why do my kidneys hurt when I cough?

Query: Hello doctor, Five years ago, I had a kidney stone but it was small and went through the urine. Now, the problem is, I got common cold, fever, and cough. Common cold and fever were gone after taking medicine but the cough remains. I thought it will be alright after some time but it did not get bett...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After careful analysis of the history you have provided, I would like to let you know: Firstly, the pain that you experience in your right kidney area as mentioned, would be an outcome of the chronic cough. Chronic cough leads to muscle strains and tear. Secondly, ...  Read Full »

What medicines to give an older adult for cough and fever?

Query: Hi good morning! I hope you can help us out. My grandmother 96 yrs old is having cough and fever. We also notice some bedsore at her back probably due to prolong stay in bed. What medication can we give her? Thank you so much..  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq. Your grandmother seems to be bedridden for quite some time if she has developed bed sore. Staying in bed can lead to several other problems such as pneumonia because of limited movement and no deep breathing. Having fever can be a sign of upper respiratory tract infection o...  Read Full »

What causes chronic cold, cough, and catarrh?

Query: I am filling this query because of my mother's illness and medical condition. She has been suffering from severe cold, cough, and catarrh for years now. She have been to several hospitals seeking treatment but the root cause of her illness is yet to be identified. The doctors have not been able to d...  Read Full »

Dr. Balamurugan

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Icliniq, I understand your concern, I gather from your history that you might be suffering from a condition called VASOMOTOR RHINITIS. (Nonallergic Rhinitis) It is due to dysregulation of sympathetic(controls vascular tone), parasympathetic (mucus secretion)and pain sensitive ne...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hello! My father age is 57. And from past 12 days he's suffering from high fever, cough, joint pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, low platelet count. We get him tested for viral, dengue, typhoid. But nothing came out, all negative. Then our doctor recommended for LFT(liver functioning test) and it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello dear dont worry any viral fever or hepatotoxic drugs may lead to liver enzymes elevation. But in few patients it may be due to alcohol induced liver injury or non alcoholic steatohepatitis etc. So until examination is done it is difficult to say what it is. But present situation is like vi...  Read Full »

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