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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I have been suffering from fever, cough, sneezing, and irritation in the nose. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been having a fever for the last two days. If I take Crocin it comes down only for two hours. And along with that, I have a cough, continuous sneezing, and irritation in my nose. Kindly suggest medicines.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query I understand your concern. Your symptoms are suggestive of an upper respiratory tract infection. It can be in form of allergic rhinitis or sinusitis. I suggest you investigate with CBC (complete blood count) report to guide you further. You ...  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 Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj

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, (c...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old son is suffering from reactive airway disease. Is it safe to use Montair LC kid?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is four and a half years old, and he is suffering from reactive airway disease (enclosing the reports and prescription). Kindly suggest based on the above medication that till how long we can safely go ahead with Montair LC Kid. Is there any upper limit of giving this. I am very...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please note that the medications prescribed are to the best of my knowledge. Montelukast has been prescribed for patients for prolonged periods extending up to even two years without any problems. It uses has shown reduced requirements of admission and improving the ...  Read Full »

My father has had a cold, cough, and a lot of phlegm from the nose for the past 20 days. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, This query is regarding my father's health, as right now, we are in my village. For the past 20 days, he has had a cold and very little cough. He is taking antibiotics from a local doctor, but there was no effect on him. So we ran some tests like CBC, uric acid, and sugar before breakf...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your father has had a cough and cold for around two weeks. It has not been improved by antibiotic course. So I suggest there is a need to investigate with chest X-ray for a further workup to rule out bronchitis if present. Platelet count is low due to infection. Foll...  Read Full »

I have a cough with an itchy throat, and my voice has also changed. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cough and my throat is itchy. My voice has also changed now. Why so? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems you have a laryngitis-like upper respiratory tract infection. So, I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below. 1. Take a short-term steroid course in low doses for five days. 2. Take a tablet of...  Read Full »

My 12-year-old daughter has had a sore throat, cough, and fever since four days. What is the treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, My 12-year-old daughter has had a severe cold, cough, and mild fever since four days. I gave her Paracetamol for the fever and honey to relieve her sore throat. However, the discomfort and cough are more at night, and she cannot sleep. Also, the mild fever persists. What could be the reas...  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to She might have an infection. She needs antibiotics, Paracetamol, Antihistamines, and saline or Betadine gargling. To be reviewed with your query soon for better understanding and treatment advice and prescription of drugs. Regards.  Read Full »

Why am I having cough for a long time?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a query and need your guidance and help. I am 26 years old, male. As winters are very cold in my area, I caught a cold as I was riding my bike with no proper protection from winter. I started coughing that night but I did not care how ever increased I ate curd and smoked cigarett...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to change the medicines you are on slightly. First, instead of Montek LC take Allegra M in the morning. Take it once a day only. Take Alex lozenges whenever you feel a cough sensation. The lozenges have to be sucked and not swallowed. Take Cherikoff LS sy...  Read Full »

Can a severe cough in the morning in my child indicate an allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2 years and 8 months old. He has a severe cough nowadays, especially in the morning. I am currently giving him Levolin syrup for his cough. Also, he vomits after a bout of a cough. He has a history of wheezing and was prescribed nebulizers by the doctor. I need to give him an...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not unnecessarily start him on antibiotics. It is common in children of this age group to have a cough and cold on and off, due to seasonal variations. He will overcome it as he grows old. Do not start antibiotics unless the cough is associated with fever. Continue ...  Read Full »

Are children with VSD more prone to infections?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 6 week old child with a VSD. He has had nasal congestion for over a week and developed wet cough 3 to 4 days ago. Since then, it has alternated between being wet and dry. His nasal mucus has continued to be present. He grunts or yells sometimes when he coughs and coughs 3 or 4 ti...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. Children who have ventricular septal defect (VSD) are more prone to infections. If the size of VSD is large, then a small infection like cough for few days can also result in lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI). Since your child g...  Read Full »

Is Levocetirizine sufficient to cure nasal congestion and cough?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 49 year old male. I am suffering from nasal congestion and cough. I am taking only Levocetirizine for this. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your infection will be most probably a viral infection because of the season now. However, we can be sure of that only after a swab is taken and it is cultured to see if there grows any bacteria in it. I give you the following suggestions to take care of the pr...  Read Full »

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