Q. My dry cough became productive cough. Am I suffering from cytokine storm?

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Dr. Afifa Nighat
and medically reviewed by Dr. Lochana
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 03, 2020 and last reviewed on: Nov 07, 2020

A week ago i started feeling bad...dry cough, fever no more than 37.8 ... Those symptoms kept on going for 3 days. After 3 days dry cough became productive cough and the fever disappeared ...but instead i lost my smell and i developed a tiny pain im my throat. ( i still have my taste) During this period I took antibiotics, vitamin c,d and zinc. Is this covid? i am really afraid regarding the "cytokine storm"...how does that manifest? will i develop a fever if that happens?

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hello welcome to icliniq! hope you're doing well! There is a possibility of you suffering from covid 19 , as you had some typical symptoms such as fever and loss of smell initially. Since one week has already passed , you have entered a comparatively safer zone of covid infection that means likelyhood of covid related complications after 7-10 days is minimal according to studies. As for your concern regarding cytokine release syndrome (CRS) which is characterized by fever, with or without multiple organ dysfunction. It is suspected in a patient with fever, with or without tachypnea, tachycardia, hypotension, hypoxia etc . It seems unlikely for you to be suffering from CRS in absence of above symptoms. Just follow SOPs , improve hydration and nutritional status. Continue taking supplement particularly vit D. Best wishes


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