Lower Respiratory Tract Infection

Lower respiratory tract infection, otherwise called LRTI, refers to infections in the lungs, such as pneumonia, lung abscess, tuberculosis, and bronchitis. The common symptoms of LRTI are fever, runny nose, sore throat, headache, chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, weakness, and wheezing.

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Can the antibiotics I took before a month alter my sputum test results?

Query: Hi doctor, I have cough for about a week. It is a mild one with a bit sore throat. So, I did my sputum test in a laboratory and the following are the results I received today. Acid fast bacilli smear - acid fast bacilli not detected. In sputum culture and sensitivity, culture - negative, organism - ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. Your sputum stain says that you have lower respiratory tract infection. However, culture is negative which can occur due to antibiotic consumption prior to sputum collection. Treatment would be based on your symptoms. Please mention what symptoms...  Read Full »

I suffer from a stuffy nose and fever. What is wrong with me?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been sick for over a month. It started with a sore throat, chest tightness and followed by bronchitis. Now I have stuffy nose and fever. I have taken bronchitis medications (Methylprednisolone, Amoxicillin and BREO inhaler). I have used a nebulizer with Albuterol. I am taking vit...  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. You might be having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with superadded lower respiratory tract infection. In my opinion, you can taper and stop Methylprednisolone as it is a steroid and it further r...  Read Full »

I have pain in the right lungs with yellow phlegm. Can I have lung cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 year old male, and I weigh 140 lbs, and I am 5.7 feet tall. About three weeks ago, I went to the doctor for a fever, chills, and a headache. I was told that it was a minor case of flu. I developed blood in my mucus soon after, but I did not go to the doctor, as it went away aft...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is a repeat lower respiratory tract infection, which is leading to both yellow phlegm and chest pain due to inflammation of pleura called as pleuritis. Chances of cancer are very less, provided your young age. Still, you should get one a chest x-ray done. I suggest ...  Read Full »

Why is a sputum culture test taken?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been feeling unwell for months, coughing up thick white grey sputum with glue-like stick bubbles. My sputum lab results say I have many gram-positive cocci, few gram-negative rods, rare gram-negative cocci. I do not know what these results mean. Please guide me.  Read Full »


Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you please send the microbiology lab report of sputum to guide you better? Thanks.  Read Full »

Is pneumonia a sign of COVID-19 infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old male with symptoms of pneumonia such as cough with mucus in my chest, headache, loss of appetite, green mucus, fatigue, chills and, blood in nasal mucus. Please guide me.  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a cough with mucus green in color, headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, chills, blood in nasal mucus, etc. You are a known case of pneumonia. You have not ment...  Read Full »

Is my breathing problem and vomiting with blood related to Coronavirus?

Query: Hi doctor, I have breathing problem for nine years and sometimes it becomes severe. After taking medicines, it goes away. Now I have a breathing problem. Yesterday, it became severe at night and I had vomiting with blood. This is the first time for me to have vomiting with blood. While taking my ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prabhakaran Selvam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. With your history, it does not have any relation with COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2). You have a lower respiratory tract infection. I suggest you take antibiotics and other supportive medicines. You can take tablet Augmentin 625 mg (Amoxi...  Read Full »

Are my chest congestion and mild chest pain from the past four days due to COVID-19?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some symptoms with chest congestion for the past four days. I have mild chest pain. I am staying in bed and taking Tamiflu and Amoxicillin 2500 mg for few days. I have some improvement now. But I feel tired even after going for walk for five minutes. I do not have fever, chills, cou...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Regarding COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), it presents with dry cough and fever. Later it turns into breathlessness. As you do not have a fever and having a productive cough, COVID-19 is ruled out in you. You seem to have an allergic cough...  Read Full »

I cough hardly with thick saliva and phlegm. How to cure it?

Query: Hi doctor. I got sick two weeks ago. I had temperature, cough, running nose. After a week, I got neuralgia. I had a sharp pain near the heart and tested for corona. It was negative. After 3 days, my throat started to hurt. I also had belly pain, loss of appetite, weakness, and nausea. Now I am gett...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq, As per your concerns it can be peritonsillitis as there is inflammation over the anterior and posterior pillar. And also your are having cough and sputum production it can be associated with respiratory tract infection. Treatment 1)Tab Amoxiclav 625 mg 3 times a day for...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of continuous exposure to mold?

Query: Hi doctor, I moved into a 4 year old apartment before five months. They have now found mold under the floorboards in the bathroom. They have removed the floorboards and the padding and cleaned. Now, they are getting professionals to clean it properly. After a month, I developed a terrible cough and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is very important to thoroughly get rid of the mold and also to take measures to prevent the mold from returning. Mold-related illness and allergies are very common. Mold produces thousands of tiny spores that float and circulate in the air and irritate the mucosa, wh...  Read Full »

Is negative COVID-19 swab test conclusive?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female, who is going to be 18 years old this year. So I have been sick (flu, fever, sore throat, and headache) since the last 20 days and I went to visit the doctor after five days. The doctor then prescribed me Lozenges, Paracetamol, Cetirizine and Amoxicillin. The diagnosis I re...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can well understand that you are worried, and I am saddened because you feel so ill. I will do everything I can to help you. As I could learn from your detailed descriptions, you were already on quite some medical drugs. Among them, and that is essential information, ...  Read Full »

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