Steam Inhalation

Inhalation of water vapor from boiling water is called steam inhalation. Steam inhalation is the most commonly used natural remedy for a blocked nose and other symptoms caused by a cold or sinus infection. It does not cure the infection but provides temporary relief from symptoms like stuffy nose, headache, sore throat, cough, and dry nasal tract.

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What would you recommend for a stuffy nose, resulting in sleep difficulties?

Query: I have enlarged turbinates in my right nostril. I have adrenal fatigue and some gut issues as a result. My nose is stuffy quite a lot with occasional clear discharge. With this what would you recommend and how much to take? This has been going on for about 2 months and it is really hard to sleep/...  Read Full »


Dr. Afifa Nighat

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: hello hope you're feeling better! Your presenting complaints of difficulty sleeping at night suggests that you might be suffering from Obstructive sleep apnea! As your weight is also quite high. You need to under go complete physical examination and history before reaching definitive diagnosis. ...  Read Full »

Kindly let me know some medicine for itchy throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old male. For the past month, I have been having some symptoms of asthmatic bronchitis such as wheezing, cough, etc. The symptoms have reduced now as I have been taking some medications. Right now, I have some itching sensation in my throat below my Adam's apple, causing ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi. Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. This itching like symptom is known as post nasal drip. The best medicine would be the use of anti-allergic combination like Levocetirizine and Montelukast once daily at night. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and t...  Read Full »

Is low platelet count a symptom of dengue?

Query: Hi doctor, My father has nagging dry cough for about one month. Our physician has doubted it as allergic bronchitis and the x-ray also justifies the same. As per today, his platelet count is 125000. Is there anything to worry? Or is this a sign of dengue? Myself and my brother have just recovered f...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshuman Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For dengue, the first and the foremost thing to be present is fever. Dengue is not diagnosed only on the basis of platelet count. Also, mild thrombocytopenia (low platelet) is common in older adults. All you have to check is the trend of platelet count ...  Read Full »

What can be done for recurrent tonsillitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have acute tonsillitis for the third time this year. My first was last year with white pus, I was prescribed with with Co-Amoxiclav. My second was a month later with white pus, I was prescribed by another doctor with Clindamycin but was not fast and effective as Co-Amoxiclav. Then y...  Read Full »


Dr. S D Sinha

Family Physician, Infectious Diseases Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your health condition. With some rational medicinal therapy, it can be controlled. Tonsillitis has notorious tendency of recurrence and needs longer duration of treatment, particularly if you have immunocompromised disease. It would be advisable t...  Read Full »

Can you please interpret my wife's reports?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife has been suffering from cold and bad throat for the past 11 days. Since then, she also has a low fever of 99 degrees Fahrenheit and it subsides during night. The doctor suggested her Augmentin 625 mg, but now her fingertips in the left hand has been swollen. As per laboratory tes...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Geriatrician, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows: The hemoglobin is mildly low and red blood cells look microcytic hypochromic. She has mild iron deficiency anemia. Her WBC count is mildly high and increased neutrop...  Read Full »

Please suggest quick relief for cold and nasal congestion.

Query: Hi doctor,My mother is a diabetic and also hypertension patient. She is 66 years old. She is on regular diabetes and anti-hypertensive medicine. Now, she has severe cold, nasal congestion and ear congestion. Which medicine can be taken? Will Cetirizine be effective?  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your concern. I suggest tablet Allegra 180 mg (Fexofenadine) twice daily for five days. One tablet is to be taken in the morning and one at night after meals. Consult her doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medici...  Read Full »

Should I concern about burning sensation around the eyes after taking a shower?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old female. For the last three days, I am having a burning sensation around the eyes but the eyes itself are not affected. I figured out it after taking a shower or after taking Lexa Pro. I was taking Sipralexa before, now I got Lexa Pro instead as I am in China and this...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. It will be of great help if you can send me a picture of your eyes. Also, let me know if you have work which demands more laptop or computer or mobile use? I do not think it is due to allergy because allergy causes redness and wateri...  Read Full »

I get rhythmic noise in ear and fullness which goes away on forceful breathing. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been hearing a wind like rhythmic noise in my right ear. It also makes my ears feel full. When breathing forcefully it might go away for some time but it comes back again.  Read Full »


Dr. Rohan S. Navelkar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A ringing sound or wind-like sound in the ear lasting for more than five minutes is called tinnitus. If less than five minutes, it is not significant. This particular sound you are describing can be caused due to dysfunctional eustachian tube, i.e. the tube connectin...  Read Full »

Please suggest a solution for throat congestion.

Query: Hi doctor, Actually, my problem does not seem to be a serious one, but as of now it has become really annoying for me. Basically, I am giving some singing auditions. But, the problem is continuously for a period of some past eight to nine months I am having some kind of my congestion in my throat, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Nasheed Baig

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are facing this problem because you are putting strain on your sound box and vocal cords. You need to take a break. Give rest to your sound box for 10 to 14 days. Take plenty of water. Do steam inhalation twice a day. Also, I suggest you use some anti-inflammatory med...  Read Full »

What causes blood in sputum?

Query: Hello doctor, Over the last two days, I have had a bad sore throat. It also accompanies with a slight cough, trouble in sleeping, occasional uncommon sweating, body soreness or fatigue, slight vomiting and voice loss. It is not really getting better. It originally appeared to be just a bad cold, b...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. With the details you have provided I strongly suspect that you are suffering from an acute upper respiratory tract infection. The bacterial products and body's response against the invading organisms are causing you the symptoms of sore throat, fever, sweating, fatigue, e...  Read Full »

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