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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My father suffers from a chronic cough, difficulty swallowing, and dark urine. Kindly suggest a treatment.
Query: Hello doctor, My father has been suffering from a chronic cough for the last three days, and he is not able to swallow anything properly. He has not eaten anything in the last three days. He is having dark urination and is unable to walk too. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It appears to be an acute lower respiratory tract infection, and from the clinical details you have provided, your father needs urgent medical attention and maybe admission for intravenous antibiotics and oxygen supplementation. He will also need chest X-rays and sputu... 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
I am suffering from on and off wheezing. How to get cured?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 years old. My height is 5'5" and weight 68 kg. I am suffering from wheezing and finding difficulty with physical activities such as walking as well. I just moved to a new place recently. This onset of wheezing is sudden and I did not observe any trigger. But, dust, pollution and v... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. You seem to be suffering from acute bronchitis or a lower respiratory tract infection. So, I would advise in such scenario to get a hemogram with ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and chest x-ray done. If the chest x-ray and the blood i... Read Full »
What are the recommended tests for bronchitis, ear infection and labored breathe in 17-month-old baby?
Query: Hello doctor, In a 17-month-old female child. We keep treating the symptoms but not the overall problem of why these things keep happening. Hardly any tests have been ordered, and we are constantly just treating the symptoms. The problems are: Bronchitis, and right ear infection for which antibio... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the detailed history. The history which you have described basically shows that the child is suffering from repeated lower respiratory tract infection, which usually presents as cough, fever, breathlessness for which nebulization and antibiotics were given. ... Read Full »
What could be the reason when an elderly person throws up with cold and chill?
Query: Hello doctor, My grandfather is 92 years old. He had been throwing up with cold chills, hot flashes, coughing up lots of phlegm, sore throat, back, and stomach pain. But there is no fever. What should we do? What could it be? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After going through your query I must admit that the first possibility is of pneumonia or lower respiratory tract infection. As he is having all signs of pneumonia other than fever. It should be ruled out with a chest x-ray and complete blood count. With the advancem... 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 muc... Read Full »
What is the most effective treatment for streptococcus pneumonia?
Query: Hello doctor, I have shortness of breath (worsens on mild exertion), barking cough, fever, joint pain, headaches, and exhaustion. It feels like asthma but does not respond to asthma medicines. I have tachycardia and palpitations too. What is the most effective antibiotic treatment for streptococcus ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, Augmentin (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) is one of the best oral medications for streptococcal respiratory tract infection. The dose is Augmentin Duo 1 gm two times a day for five days. This has to be taken with antacids like tablet Pantoprazole 40 mg before ... 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 »
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 or ... Read Full »
I have an endobronchial nodule in the right lobe. Is it cancer?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a 0.2 cm endobronchial nodule in the right lower lobe. I was a smoker for 20 years. I had a CT scan for cough and now new nodule. Is this cancer? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems to be a very small nodule. Do not get afraid first. Anyway, we have to confirm the pathology. At present, take treatment for cough. You will need to take follow up if the sym... Read Full »
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 »
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 s... Read Full »