Mucolytics are a group of drug that makes the mucus thin and aid in clearing the mucus from the lower and upper respiratory tract. These medicines are not advisable for children less than 2 years.

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Does coughing up blood mean cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I was a smoker for four and a half years. Six months back, I got my chest X-ray, and my reports were normal. Then I was an intermittent smoker, and I had a cough. It was dry. I did not care and did not take medications for it, but within a week, it increased. So when I took the medicat...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Blood coming out while blowing the nose is quite common and does not always mean cancer. During weather changes and dry seasons, it is quite possible that the nasal mucosa dries, rubs, and bleeds once in a while until it heals completely. Smoking is severe and is ass...  Read Full »

My left ear is suddenly closed, and I feel like someone is sticking a finger on my ear. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My left ear is is suddenly closed, and felt like someone was sticking a finger on my ear. Sometimes it gets better, and sometimes it gets worse. When I stand up, I feel like I am going to puke, but sometimes I feel I cannot hear anything, and when I yawn, I hear some bubbles popping up, m...  Read Full »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your query, It is an issue of eustachian tube blockage, the tube connecting the middle ear with the back of the nose through which the fluid from the ear drains. You may feel the symptoms of a cold, like a nasal blockage. I suggest you take nasal deconges...  Read Full »

How to treat my respiratory tract infection presenting with an ear infection and perforated eardrum?

Query: Hi doctor, I was recently diagnosed with ear infection and a perforated eardrum. Initially, I was diagnosed with a viral respiratory infection and followed by ear infection in a two days. I have been taking antibiotics for three days now. I have a lot of fluid continuing to seep from my ear. How lon...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It appears with your history that you are suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection that has complicated into an ear infection. Usually, once the antibiotic course starts, the problem should resolve within three to four days and completely by five to seven...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my wheezing, throat congestion, and cough with mucus?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 41 year old female. I woke up in the morning with wheezing, throat congestion, and cough. The cough was not dry but with mucus. It looks like the weather has triggered it. I have experienced this condition previously at the same time of the year. I also feel some heaviness in the...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you are sure you have wheezing, I suggest you start using inhalers having a combination of Salmeterol and Fluticasone propionate. Using a Levosalbutamol inhaler would also be beneficial. Take one puff twice daily for a week and then only one puff at night for a ...  Read Full »

Why am I having constant lightheadedness and clicking sound in ears?

Query: Hello doctor, My symptoms are constant lightheadedness, feeling like a drunk all the time, fatigue after a couple of hours, and a clicking sound when swallowing in both ears for the last eight weeks. Yawning also causes a clicking sound. Ear fullness in both ears, some weird, very low buzzing sound ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We need to look at your reports and investigation films for the correct diagnosis. Kindly upload all the reports and relevant investigation films and get back to us. Eustachian tube dysfunction does not take that long to heal. Appropriate medicines will help you get ...  Read Full »

I have a sticky throat always. Is it a major issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sticky throat always. I feel mucus is stuck in the throat. There is no pain. I can easily swallow. Please give your suggestions.  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If mucus is coming from your nose to the throat, then you seem to have sinusitis. Do you have a blocked nose, headache or excessive sneezing? Regards.   Read Full »

What could be the cause for loss of hearing in right ear alone?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 year old male, and I have been feeling an ear blocking sensation for the past two weeks. I also have a slight loss of hearing at times in my right ear. Although it is mostly in my right ear, sometimes the sensation alternates to my left. It feels as though the sound is not comin...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello,Welcome to symptoms described by you match with otitis media with effusion of the said ear. In this problem, mucus accumulates behind the eardrum causing some loss of hearing, fullness, and mild dizziness. It follows after an attack of nose block and throat pain.When we examine...  Read Full »

How to get rid of thick mucus in the chest that has made breathing difficult?

Query: Hi doctor,I have too much mucus on my chest, not allowing me to breathe. I could not get rid of this by coughing or medicine, or nebulizers. I have GERD, seasonally catches a cold, and thus uses Montek LC regularly. Last two months, I was gradually getting this breathing difficulty. Sometimes before...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to the statement, you were quite fine on your current medications, but it is very difficult to remove the mucus out in the last two months, which irritates your coughing reflex and keeps you sleepless. Again your history of allergic rhinitis, acid reflux a...  Read Full »

I coughed up worm-like mucus. Can it be a sign of worm cast in the right lung?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with flu five days back, it started with a productive cough and then progressed to body aches and fever. Body aches and high fever lasted for about 24 to 36 hours, but I have a constant low-grade fever. I started to feel better after three days, but the coughing was so...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw the photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is just phlegm and nothing else. Do not worry, such kind of a productive cough is common in viral bronchitis. Your treatment is going right. I would just suggest the addition of a bronchodilator syru...  Read Full »

What Is The Treatment For Coughing Fits And Severe Tonsillitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 18 year old female, who is suffering from coughing fits and severe tonsillitis. The coughing fits only come when I am lying down, and I bring up mucus which kills my throat.  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Tonsillitis can be caused by certain viruses or bacteria. The family of bacteria which typically causes tonsillitis are called streptococci. Streptococcus is also one of the most common and important causes of tonsillitis, bron...  Read Full »

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