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 to do if you experience symptoms of COVID-19?

Query: Hi Doctor, My friend told me that she had fever and mild cough few days ago. She also experience hive, sore throat and mild inflammation on her face. Today is the 5th day and she doesn't have fever , no hive and no inflammation anymore and she feels better. However, she is afraid that what she...  Read Full »

Dr. Peter Grutas

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello! Thank you for reaching out Is your friend have history of exposure to someone who is COVID19 positive? Is she also came from an area where there is a high number of COVID19 positive? Considering the circumstances that we are in a pandemic, it is best to assume that she is a suspected COVID...  Read Full »

Is my daughter's treatment on track?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter, who is 4 years old, has got cold, cough and viral fever 3 weeks before. After a week of suffering, she was prescribed with Mucolite and Azithral antibiotic five day course of 5 mL one daily. When she was recovering, she started complaining of painful urination and abdomen pai...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I do not think you should be worried about anything. According to the urine report, there is no infection. Pus cells above 6 is considered as infection and yours is just 4-6 which is quite normal. Recurrent episodes of cold and fever in this season are common due...  Read Full »

Are antibiotics required for cough in a child?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has a cough for almost 5 days, and I gave him a Sinecod Forte antitusive syrup, which is prescribed by his doctor last time. He is 10 years old, does he need some antibiotics?  Read Full »

Dr. Manu Bharadwaj

Paediatric Surgeon, Paediatrician

Answer: Hello doctor, Welcome to You say it is cough with phlegm and persisting for 5 days. Yes, given the situation, I feel it is better to start antibiotics. Tablet Azithromycin 250 mg, once daily, about an hour before eating for 5 days. Also, Tablet Albendazole 400 mg Ivermectin 12 mg, ...  Read Full »

Can coughing and sneezing spread allergy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am sharing my bedroom with my father, he is 66 years old. He is in generally good health and has ulcerative colitis. I am just having an issue nowadays where he keeps sneezing and coughing without covering his face all over the room. I assume that it is due to an allergy. He does not...  Read Full »

Dr. Rohan S. Navelkar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In times of coronavirus, that is the first thing that comes to my mind. Cough and nasal congestion are some of the symptoms of coronavirus sadly. If that is the case, there is a very high likelyhood you can get it from him. However, if you have got him tested and it...  Read Full »

Why are there wheezing and cough in an asthmatic patient?

Query: Hello doctor, Wheezing, mild sputum, cough for the last 5 days, asthmatic patient and weather change happening. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Nnaedozie Umeani

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand you have wheezing and a productive cough for the past 5 days. You are likely having an acute exacerbation of asthma. It could have been triggered by viral infection, cold environment, allergens such as pollen, dust, strong odor, etc. I would also love to...  Read Full »

What can cause moderate cough and a lot of gas?

Query: I have moderate cough from last 2 weeks and very little sputum which is very rare. Also I have no fever no problem is swallowing but I can feel a little pain when I touch my throat below the jaw area. I had runny nose 2 weeks back but not so much and now that is also gone. So no runny nose as of n...  Read Full »

Dr. Elangkumaran

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: hi the problem what you have is called gastroesophageal Reflux disease people those who have this condition would develop dry cough especially at night and sore throat burning sensation in the stomach I would like to know is there any recent history of weight gain? ! sleep disturbances causes gas p...  Read Full »

Though my cough supresses on medicine, I still have mucus production. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past three months, I was having a dry cough. I consulted a doctor who advised me Augmentin 625 mg, Grilinctus, Betadine gargle, and steam for five days. That gave me a lot but not full relief. I continued gargle and steam for some more time. Since then, the cough is reducing. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The problem you are suffering is a viral illness that is temporary. You also need to check for any triggers that cause the mucus to increase. If you started with a dry cough, there should be no mucus build-up anymore. The feeling in your throat may possibly be due to...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest tests to be done for a cough, apart from a chest x-ray.

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached an x-ray report of my 1 year old baby girl. The report was ill-defined haziness seen in the right perhilar and para-cardiac regions - pneumonitis. What does it mean? She has cough since last five days. My mom is suffering from active tuberculosis. So, x-ray was suggested a...  Read Full »

Dr. Payas Joshi

Child Health Specialist, General Practitioner, Paediatrician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. See as you said, your mother is suffering from active TB (tuberculosis), TB in the child should also be ruled out first. It may be just pneumonia, but TB should be ruled out with some more investigations mentioned below. Is the child gaining ...  Read Full »

Is my treatment for cough the right one?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having cough for two to three weeks now. It is mostly dry and frequent throughout the day. I am getting two to three coughs at one time and then it continues. Currently, I am taking Piriton-CS, Pantocid and Montek-LC. I had bronchitis problem a few years back wherein I used to get ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I had gone through all the details you have posted. The medications you are taking are good, but as you were saying that you continue to have dry cough since three weeks some changes need to be done. Avoid cool drinks or cool water. Do gargles with Listerine or Chlorhe...  Read Full »

How to get rid of phlegm?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 2.6 years old. His weight is 12 kg. He is a healthy and active child. But, he is getting coughs and cold at least once in a month for the past three months. Currently, he has a fever for the past two days (101 degree) and cold from today morning. I am giving him Cetirizine and...  Read Full »

Dr. Sirisha


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your son was having frequent infections for the last three months. Is there any source from which he might be getting it? Please try to identify it like whether he started going to school or any family member having the same symptoms. Then, probably try to rectify that...  Read Full »

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