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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My ear is rumbling following a throat infection. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 35 years old. About 4 weeks ago, I had a viral infection of the throat and nose, which lasted for about a week. At that time, my left ear became completely blocked with fluid for at least a few days. Then, I started getting a low rumbling noise in my ear. At first, I used to get the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Nasheed Baig

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This problem is called as tinnitus. As you have mentioned, you started with this problem after an upper respiratory tract infection that resulted in effusion in your ear through blockage of eustachian tube. It is quite possible that your eustachian tube is still n...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for chronic cough with bad smell in mouth and nose in a small kid?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 2 years old. He has been coughing for more than two months now. He coughs every time he wakes up from sleep and whenever his back would sweat. The cough starts dry then would eventually sound thundery with phlegm. He also gets irritated with his nose sometimes. I could smell f...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your 2 years old baby has been suffering from cough for more than two months and you could smell bad smell from his mouth and nose. Chronic cough with foul-smelling can result from any respiratory tract inf...  Read Full »

What could cause discomfort feel in throat inspite of medicines?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 42-year-old female. I have allergic bronchitis since childhood. I take Asthalin and Beclate 200 rotacap and now in this COVID circumstances doctor suggested to take tablet Montek LC. I took those tablets regularly in the first week and now I take on alternate days. But then a...  Read Full »


Dr. Prathish Kumar

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I see you are more disturbed by your throat problem at present. I would advise you to continue Asthalin rotacap and stop Beclate rotacap at present COVID situation because steroids increase the chances of acquiring infection and Montek LC can be continued on a daily bas...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for heaviness in head while bending and lifting up?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having heaviness in my head since yesterday afternoon, especially when I bend and lift my head up. Also, I am experiencing the same heaviness while coughing too. I took Paracetamol 500 mg once yesterday evening and today afternoon, but I did not find any change in pain. Also,...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to confirm a few more, before arriving to a probable diagnosis. Site of pain, front, back, whole, or half side of your head or vague? Episodic or stays the entire day? Any facial pain? Apply pressure on the face, on either side of your nose, on your temp...  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 »

Please suggest medication for a breastfeeding mother with sore throat and mild fever.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old. I am a breastfeeding mother for 6 months baby. I have a sore throat from yesterday and feel difficulty in swallowing with light fever but not continuous. Today my right eye is slightly reddish and I had a cough again but not continuous. Currently, I am taking Azithrol...  Read Full »


Dr. Noushin Payravi

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for sharing your medical info with us. I totally understand your concern and I will try to recommend the best you can take to help you relieve your symptoms. Please do not take Montac and Rantac since they are not the best options for your current situation. You...  Read Full »

What could cause heavy chest while breathing post strep throat recovery?

Query: Hi doctor, I had consulted earlier here. I had complained with issues of cold and strep throat. Doctor had prescribed Azithromycin, Crocin, and Fexofenadine. The strep throat is recovering. I no more have running nose but I feel that my chest is heavy while breathing. Could you please tell me what ...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your statement, you had a strep throat and now your chest is heavy while breathing. Upper respiratory tract infection is very common complication of untreated or partially treated strep.throat it makes your chest heavy while breathing due to thick mu...  Read Full »

How to get rid of sore throat, coughing up phlegm, ear ache and ringing?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 16-year-old female. I have been sick lately (sore throat, coughing up yellow, green stuff, etc) but this morning I woke up with my cough worse and my ear aching and ringing and throbbing. Anything I can do to make it stop?  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This appears to be an upper respiratory tract infection leading to throat congestion and blocked eustachian tube leading to symptoms. You should have Augmentin 625 mg (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) three times a day along with some antacid like tablet Pantoprazole...  Read Full »

What are the recommended medicines to give my 2-year-old for cough and cold?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 2 years old and his weight is 11 kg. He has a problem of cold and fever since last week. I consulted a doctor on icliniq and he suggested tablet Combiflam thrice a day and Allegra 500 mg before sleeping. However, I took syrup of both and understand that the doctor would have mi...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepak Patel

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concerns. Fever for four days in a child with mild cough can be due to upper respiratory tract infection, typhoid, or malaria. Kindly do tests like CBC (complete blood count), malarial antigen test and widal test. Give Syrup Ziprax 3.5 ml three t...  Read Full »

How do you catch a flu?

Query: Hi doctor, Why do we always have runny nose when we catch flu or cold? How do we get flu? I have headache and fever for almost a week. My tongue is sometimes white and lymph is a bit painful to touch but not swollen. Are these the symptoms of flu?  Read Full »


Dr. Arul Amuthan

Ayurveda Specialist, Naturopathy Specialist, Pharmacologist, Siddha Medicine Specialist, Toxicologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com When we get viral or bacterial infection in the nasal tract (upper respiratory tract- nose to throat), the local mucus membrane gets irritated. It leads to more secretion from mucus membrane and that leads to running nose. The fluid is secreted to eliminate the bacteria or...  Read Full »

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