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About "Cough"

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).

Related Terms: Chest X- Ray, Fever, Paracetamol, Cold, Levocetirizine, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Steam Inhalation

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Child Cough - Things to Know as a Parent
Article Overview: Most of the time, parents present their child before the pediatrician for the smallest breathing problem, which is a good thing. But sometimes, especially at the second or third episode, the parents miss out some earliest possible signs to pick up pneumonia. So, public awareness is necessary to alert every parent as when is the cut off to avoid a midnight rush to the pediatrics casualty and act earlier.  Read Article »
Dr. Vishnu K R
Paediatrician

Act According to the Kid's Age Always remember that a slight difference in the breathing sound of a baby less than 2 months should alert every parent. Those babies are obligate nasal breathers. A viral infection in their nostrils may not start as a fever. So, always observe for fast breathing in th ...  Read Article »
 
Is cough with chest congestion something to worry about?
Query: Hello doctor,My mom had cough and cold which continued for a week. We conducted X-ray which indicated too much cough congestion in the chest and TLC count was 18K. One day, due to too much cough she vomited, and she was injected with a medicine to stop it and it worked. Next day, we went abroad for ...  Read Full »
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not a viral infection but a bacterial infection as her TLC has increased. Also, diabetic patients are prone to such infection. Treatment is antibiotics, which she has been started by her physician. In most patients, this resolves with a week. Continue other me...  Read Full »
 
My cough lasted only for a week and the doctor says it is tuberculosis.Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, There is parenchymal infiltrate on the right upper lobe of my lung. My doctor said that I have a ptb3, which looks like a serious stage of tuberculosis. I was shocked because I never had a cough since September. Before the month of September, my cough lasted only for a week and then su...  Read Full »
Dr. Indu Bhushan Kumar
Radiodiagnosis Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com.  Only parenchymal infiltration in the right upper lobe does not confirm tuberculosis. It needs clinical correlation and further investigations. You need an apicolordotic view of chest x-ray. It gives an excellent view of apical region of lungs. Because, in the normal che...  Read Full »
 
I used cocaine and now I have cough and phlegm with itchiness in throat. Why?
Query: Hi doctor,I used cocaine for six months but for four months, I have coughs and phlegm especially in the morning. I never had throat pain. It just feels itchy. I saw a doctor who gave me allergy spray with Cortizon but I took it for just one month. I keep drinking alcohol and cold drinks which makes ...  Read Full »
Dr. Syed Tehmid
ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that you have attached shows slightly enlarged tonsils with granular pharyngitis. There is nothing to worry. Your symptoms are due to chronic irritation of your throat which could be due to rhinosinusitis o...  Read Full »
 
Can cough and small red spots in hand after intercourse be HIV symptoms?
Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with a sex worker 45 days back. During which my condom broke and then immediately I withdrew my penis and went to the washroom and cleaned my penis with water. After this incident, I am having a little cough and small red spots on my hand. Can this be HIV symptom? Please he...  Read Full »
Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula
Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unprotected sexual encounters are a risk factor for multiple STDs including HIV. Condom slippage is considered as condom failure, and it is regarded as unprotected act. However, the risk of acquiring HIV through the sexual route is as low as 0.02 to 0.5 %. HIV has a win...  Read Full »
 
I cough up mucus with specks of blood. What could be the reason?
Query: Hello doctor,The last few weeks I have been coughing a lot. Multiple times a day I will gag and cough up mucus. Sometimes it is clear and sometimes it is green with red specks in which I assume is blood. I have a pressure on my chest so breathing can be hard.  Read Full »
Dr. Nazma Parveen
General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your query and went through the attachment you sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Sometimes violent coughing can lead to specks of blood in sputum. You said that you have chest congestion and greenish sputum. That means you ar...  Read Full »
 
My cough is persisting in spite of antibiotics. What do you suggest?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a cough since 15 days. There is phlegm as well. I tried using so many syrups, antibiotics and Levocetirizine with Montelukast. The X-ray and CBP (complete blood picture) are normal. But, the cough is still persisting and troubling me. What do you suggest?  Read Full »
Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey
Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. You have a cough from two weeks along with expectoration. You have taken antibiotics and antiallergic medicines, but you have not mentioned the name of the antibiotic which you have taken. I would suggest a few things: Any person wit...  Read Full »
 
I cough up a lot of phlegm and get a stabbing pain in my lower left back. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a male weighing 76 kg and 5.10 feet tall. Since the past month, I have been having issues with my chest. When I wake up in the morning, I cough up a lot of clear and white phlegm and get a stabbing pain in my lower left back. I am suffering from loss of appetite and often fall short ...  Read Full »
Dr. Jeremy David O'kennedy
HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A productive cough associated with shortness of breath and chest pain always indicates a need for clinical examination and appropriate special investigations as follows. Clinical examination with auscultation (using a stethoscope). Chest x-ray. Sputum specimen for cultur...  Read Full »
 
Is cough medicine safe while breastfeeding?
Query: Hi doctor, My wife is a lactating mother of 2 months old baby. Since one week she is suffering with bad dry cough. For past 2 days she is unable to sleep. For every 5 to 10 minutes she gets cough. We consulted a doctor and had medicine. But, still there is no relief. I attached the medicines that w...  Read Full »
Dr. Divakara P
Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and the prescription (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Most likely your wife might be having throat infection for which she has not received proper treatment. I recommend her to get a test called throat swab culture sensitivity an...  Read Full »
 
Kid having cough and cold, now starting on fever. Should I go for tests?
Query: Hello doctor,My kid is 28 months old. He is having a cough and cold for past five days. Last night, fever started at 102 F. Until now, fever is on off. I am giving him Mefanac-P for fever from today. Can I go for blood and urine investigation?  Read Full »
Dr. Baratu Bhaisara
Paediatrician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. A child with a history of fever and cough-cold for five days definitely needs further investigation. Do blood test (CBC) to rule out bacterial infection. If he is having difficulty in breathing you must do X-ray as well. Do warm saline ...  Read Full »
 
 
 

 

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