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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Why do I have a cough, runny nose, body ache, chest tightness, and breathing difficulty despite being COVID negative?

Query: Hello doctor, I had flu two weeks ago, and I quickly got over it. Then, I started getting a severe cough a few days back, which rapidly got worse; I have wheezing, breathing difficulty, runny nose, severe headache, body ache, chest tightness, and my ears are blocked. I feel exhausted but find it ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand it. Your symptoms seem like you have developed bronchitis (inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tube that carries the air to and from the lungs) secondary to the viral flu. Sometimes in cases of viral flu, there is supera...  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 »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

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 could be done for cough and running nose for my five-year-old son?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 5 years old. Since yesterday, he has a cough and running nose. Yesterday, I gave him Zyrcold syrup.  Read Full »


Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your son is suffering from a cough and running nose from one day. I would like some more information: Is this associated with shortness of breath? Is this associated with whistling sounds? What is the color of the sputum? Does he have a fever or labored breathing? Do...  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 »


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. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

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

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 »

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