Nebulization

Nebulization is the process of delivering medicines directly into the lungs to treat respiratory tract infections or to clear the airways. It is usually given by a paramedical or hospital staff with the help of a nebulizer which converts the liquid medicine into mist form to be easily inhaled through a mask or mouthpiece. Bronchodilators are administered through a nebulizer to dilate the airways.

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My infant has chest retractions due to severe cold. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor,My 24 days old baby is suffering from a cold which retracts her chest, making noisy breathing sound liƙe there is thick mucus in the chest. The doctor has now placed her on Cefixime suspension 2.5 mL twice daily. We are using Amoxicillin suspension, but there is still no improvement. D...  Read Full »


Dr. Simy Mathew

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you get a chest X-ray and a blood test to know the level of infection rather than changing the antibiotics. Along with antibiotics, I suggest you give her nebulizations. Also, if she has got chest retractions, check her saturation level. If it is below 95...  Read Full »

My father has been suffering from a cough for the past month. Can it be cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My 62 year old father has a cough since one month. It is a nagging cough which started after a fever. It is mostly dry, except for a colorless mucus which comes out sometimes. His CBC, blood test and chest X-ray were done last month and all were normal. He is right now on mild antibiotic...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay Upadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, I would like to know if he smokes cigarettes or used to smoke before, or if there is a history of tuberculosis. Secondly, does he have a history of asthma? I do not think it could be cancer. Just do a complete blood count, X-ray, and an ECG and review with yo...  Read Full »

Should I take antibiotics for postnasal drip and tickle cough?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been using a Levalbuterol nebulizer for a cough. I accidentally had some soap residue left in the nebulizer, and I used it for a minute before realizing this. Should I be very concerned?  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not think you should be worried about, if it would have been in more concentration, your body would have reacted in the form of sneezing as a protective mechanism. You can continue nebulization, but be careful in future, if the cough does not subside in a week to ...  Read Full »

My 2-year-old daughter gets a recurrent runny nose. Is it dangerous?

Query: Hi doctor, My 2 year old daughter has got running nose. But, there is no fever or chest block. This is the second time in this month. She sleeps with little noise from the nose. Is it dangerous for 2 years 3 months old to get a running nose? Can blocked nose cause the child to choke at night?...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are a few points to be noted here. When the nose is blocked, air entry is achieved through the mouth which stays open. So, there is no choking with blocked nose. However, this may disturb the sleep of the child. Recurrent episodes of a cough and cold without fever,...  Read Full »

Should I go back to the doctor for my cough and wheezing?

Query: Hi doctor, I was coughing up dark yellow mucus with blood streaks. So, I went to my doctor and she prescribed Keflex. After about two days, I broke out a rash from head to toe. So, I went back and she put me on Roxithromycin and three days of Prednisolone. I am on my second day of new antibiotics an...  Read Full »


Dr. Arun Kaushik. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The asthmatic attack might be due to the drug allergy, which you might have had. I suggest you to get a sputum culture to identify which antibiotic suits. Also, I suggest you to take nebulization with Asthalin which will ease the breathing. My suggestion for you to be und...  Read Full »

How serious is bilateral bronchiectasis with chest pain and breathing difficulty?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old female. I have suffered from bilateral bronchiectasis for the past five months, and I have not received any treatment yet due to the pandemic situation. Currently, I often get regular chest pain and shortness of breath. I also did a blood split two years ago. My sto...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the CT scan report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have had bilateral bronchiectasis. You have also been suffering from chest pain and shortness of breath. Bronchi...  Read Full »

How to get rid of phlegm?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 2.6 years old. His weight is 12 kg. He is a healthy and active child. But, he is getting coughs and cold at least once in a month for the past three months. Currently, he has a fever for the past two days (101 degree) and cold from today morning. I am giving him Cetirizine and...  Read Full »


Dr. Sirisha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your son was having frequent infections for the last three months. Is there any source from which he might be getting it? Please try to identify it like whether he started going to school or any family member having the same symptoms. Then, probably try to rectify that...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old gets cough and cold frequently. What is the permanent solution for this problem?

Query: Hello doctor, This query is regarding my 4 and a half-year-old son. He was born at 36.1 weeks and progressed normally. At around 2 years of age, he used to get frequent bouts of running nose and cough. He was hospitalized for lower respiratory tract infection at 2.7 years, and had febrile ...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing your query to me. I can understand that you are very much concerned about the health of your son. From your history description, it seems that your son has bronchial asthma. Asthma usually occurs from exposure to the allergens in our surrounding ...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to nebulize the child frequently for cough?

Query: Hello doctor, My child is 4.5 years old and very often he suffers from coughing problem which increases as the days passes. This time doctor has given Atarex syrup 5 ml twice a day. I have given one dose but he was coughing badly whole day. Then he has suggested to nebulize him with Budecort 1 mg a...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concerns. If your child has cough for so long time and he is also requiring nebulization, it means that your child has infection. Also, we need to rule out tuberculosis. I suggest you to do CBC with ESR, X-ray chest, Mantoux test to rule out tube...  Read Full »

Why is there frequent cough with cold and fever in a baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 1 year and 10 months old and is suffering from severe cough and cold. She also had some kind of cough and cold since 15 to 20 days and after a dose of Azitral for five days she got cured. Now again she has caught cough mainly dry cough. in the night situation became wor...  Read Full »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I note that your daughter is having a second episode of cough and cold within 15 to 20 days. Cough is quite common and tends to be more noticeable at night. Many children suffer during seasonal changes. Your doctor may have prescribed Augmentin Duo (antibiotic) to tr...  Read Full »

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