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My father has typhoid and COVID-19, and the current medications are not helping. Please help.

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Dr. Lochana .k

Published At November 4, 2020
Reviewed AtMay 18, 2021

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My father is 74 years old and he has a positive Typhidot IgM result and mild corona. He is in-home quarantine. He has a temperature ranging from 100 to 102 degrees for three days. Currently, he is taking Doxycycline, Azee, Zinc elemental, and other supplements. But his temperature is not getting reduced. What to do?


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I am sorry to hear about your father's double infection. If his fever lies below 38.2 degrees celsius, it is not a bad thing. Fever has the function to kill off bacteria and viruses. You need to be worried when his fever becomes high. Before proceeding further, I have to mention some measures to be taken against COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2). There are a lot of uncertainties and recommendations. It gets changed due to many studies that flood into the scientific community on daily basis.

As your father has not started taking a blood-thinning medication, then he can take Aspirin 500 mg three times a day with Gaviscon. He should take Gaviscon one hour apart from other medical drugs. Aspirin reduces fever, inflammatory processes and prevents blood clots. Bromelain, Hymechromon, and vitamin D help to keep COVID infection at bay.

You can buy an oximeter finger clip. It is used for measuring oxygen concentration in your father's blood. If it drops below 90 percent, then you should consider taking him to the hospital. When it goes below 80 percent, then this situation can be life-threatening. With this cheap tool, you can control gas exchange in the lungs. At the same time, you should check his pulse. If it becomes irregular, you need to take him to the doctor as soon as possible. If his urine becomes discolored or less in amount, then it can indicate a kidney issue and it needs to be checked immediately by consulting a local physician.

The Probable causes

Your father has a COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) infection.

Investigations to be done

He needs examination by consulting a local physician. Using an oximeter at home is recommended and pulse has to be checked often.

Probable diagnosis

Your father is having a COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) infection.

Treatment plan

Your father can take Aspirin 500 mg three times a day with Gaviscon. He can take Bromelain, Hymechromon, Zinc aspartate 50 mg three times a day, vitamin D 1000 IU three times a day. Kindly take these medications under the guidance of the doctor.

Regarding follow up

Have a follow-up at any time.

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

Dr. Alexander Davis
Dr. Alexander Davis

General Practitioner

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