Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

Viral or bacterial infections involving the nose, sinuses, pharynx, and larynx, which is the upper respiratory tract, is called upper respiratory tract infections. The common diseases are cold, sinusitis, epiglottitis, laryngitis, and bronchitis. Nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, cough, phlegm, and fever are the most common upper respiratory tract infections.

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I have a fever throughout the night, along with headache, ear pain, and shoulder pain. Please suggest treatment.

Query: Hi doctor, I had a fever throughout the night, with temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius. The fever went down to 38.1 degrees Celsius this morning and is now sitting between 37.1 and 37.8 degrees Celsius. Also, I had pain in my ears and shoulders and minor on-and-off headaches. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Based on the description provided, you have a respiratory tract infection, possibly an upper respiratory tract infection, and an ear infection, possibly a middle ear. However, to reach a specific diagnosis, it is best for you to get certain t...  Read Full »

I had an upper respiratory tract infection, and now I have trouble hearing. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I had an upper respiratory tract infection three weeks ago, and my left ear became muffled and unpopped. I am having trouble hearing but do not have pain. My doctor said it was an ear infection that would go away. I tried nasal decongestants and warm clothes to relieve pressure, but nothi...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. You are suffering from serous otitis media, a fluid collection behind the ear drum. It usually occurs after an upper respiratory tract infection which causes the blockage of the eustachian tube opening in the nose. The ...  Read Full »

What is the most effective treatment for streptococcus pneumonia?

Query: Hello doctor, I have shortness of breath (worsens on mild exertion), barking cough, fever, joint pain, headaches, and exhaustion. It feels like asthma but does not respond to asthma medicines. I have tachycardia and palpitations too. What is the most effective antibiotic treatment for streptococcus ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, Augmentin (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) is one of the best oral medications for streptococcal respiratory tract infection. The dose is Augmentin Duo 1 gm two times a day for five days. This has to be taken with antacids like tablet Pantoprazole 40 mg before ...  Read Full »

What can be done for fever and hoarseness of voice in 60 year old female?

Query: Hello doctor, This query is regarding my 60-year-old mother. She has fever and hoarseness of voice since three days. We did her CBC. Kindly suggest next steps.  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kanna Subramaniam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since you have not mentioned anything about any other symptoms or other associated illnesses let me assume there is nothing like that for her. Here your mother's CBC (complete blood count) is fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Nothing abnormal in tha...  Read Full »

Can unprotected sex for a minute cause HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex with an unknown woman hardly for a minute about a month back. After about four days, I got cold and a kind of sore throat, but not exactly sore throat. I got tested for HIV after 15 days and it came back negative. Now, for the past one week, I have a feeling of so...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chance of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by single unprotected intercourse with a HIV positive person is 1/200 to 1/1000. It is very low. She may be negative, so she might have asked it. Probably, the test done was antibodies tests. It is consid...  Read Full »

What causes persistent chest congestion?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 5 years old. He is dealing with continuous chest congestion and coughing with change in season. Doctor suggested Foracort 100 for two to three months with two shots in the morning and two at night after using nebulization Levolin 1.25 mg and Budecort 1 mg in the past for ches...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First off all I would suggest you to carry out chest x-ray and complete blood count to rule out lung infection like bronchitis. Foracort is a combination of Budesonide, a corticosteroid and anti-inflammatory and Formoterol, a long-acting bronchodilator, used to...  Read Full »

While breastfeeding, which medicine can I take for cold?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 years old. My height is 5'9", and weight is 68 kg. Currently, I am not taking any medication. I am breastfeeding my nine months old on demand during the night and three to four times during the day. My classic symptoms of cold started at the weekend. I had a mild sore throat, bloc...  Read Full »

Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The only safe drug that you can take while breastfeeding is tablet Paracetamol 500 mg thrice daily for three days after food. You can do hot water vaporization for nasal congestion. You should avoid taking any other medications till you are breastfeeding. Yes, ...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a treatment for a blocked nose due to an allergy.

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from a blocked nose. I have consulted a doctor and he told I am suffering from allergy and it is incurable. I am worried. Please guide me.  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concern. A blocked nose can be from an infection of upper respiratory tract also. If you have a fever and throat pain along with the blocked nose, then it is due to some infection. Allergy also caus...  Read Full »

I have so much pain under my ear that my neck muscles are throbbing. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My neck muscles are throbbing to the point I cannot go to sleep. It is just under the ear. I have looked it up, and it is my pituitary glands. My co-worker has symptoms of whooping cough, but I have been vaccinated in the last year. I had a cough and then feeling generally unwell. Now ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your case and want to add here that it does not seem to be the pituitary gland that is causing the issues. I am sure about this as pituitary is not located in this area. So, be calm. You had cough and there is general fatigue too. This means there is ...  Read Full »

How can running nose be effectively treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a running nose for the last one week and sometimes it is very difficult to breathe especially after taking food, it is becoming worse. I had taken two Coldact tablets for only one day, but no luck and also have been using the Otrivin (Xylometazoline) nasal sp...  Read Full »

Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is upper respiratory tract infection. You need to take the following tablets: Tablet Ibuprofen 400 mg two times a day times five days after food. Tablet Deslor (Desloratadine) one a day times five days after food. Tablet Rabeprazole 20 mg two times a day tim...  Read Full »

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