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What can cause a cold, cough, and a lot of phlegm from the nose?

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Published At May 25, 2023
Reviewed AtOctober 10, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

This query is regarding my father's health, as right now, we are in my village. For the past 20 days, he has had a cold and very little cough. He is taking antibiotics from a local doctor, but there was no effect on him. So we ran some tests like CBC, uric acid, and sugar before breakfast, and his platelets count was less. So what could be the reason, and what other tests do I have to run? He is fine, not so weak, but a lot of phlegm comes out through his nose. Please help.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your father has had a cough and cold for around two weeks. It has not been improved by antibiotic course. So I suggest there is a need to investigate with chest X-ray for a further workup to rule out bronchitis if present. Platelet count is low due to infection.

Following are my suggestions for his problem:

  1. You can give him a decongestant tablet course for five days meanwhile you investigate with an X-ray.
  2. Give him one teaspoon of turmeric powder with milk daily.
  3. Drink lots of water to loosen mucus.
  4. Avoid intake of excess spicy foods.
  5. You can give him vitamin C 500 mg twice daily for five days.

I suggest you consult a pulmonologist for a detailed evaluation.

I hope I have answered your question.

Let me know if I can assist you further.


Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri


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