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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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How to cure croup in small children?

Query: Hi, My 3-year-old son gets croup every year around winter time. The inhalers I have for him hardly work for him what else do I do? He do not have a fever. He had a runny nose and a stuffy nose and a really bad cough. We normally will be able to get it under control with oral steroids. He has been ge...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to, I understand your feelings and preoccupations. Croup can come suddenly and that too more so during night time. Inhalers has no role so it is of no use in this condition, unless, he is also having asthma. For runny nose and stuffy nose, you can use antihistamines like ...  Read Full »

I had a mild upper respiratory tract infection and later developed a headache in my right side, back, and right ear. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a headache on the right side, back side bilaterally, and above the right ear for the past ten days. It is intermittent. Pain is exacerbated on the right side above the ear while sleeping. But pain is not alleviated by changing positions. It is bad at night, causes sleep distu...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and I can understand your concern. I would like to know some details of your problem: Since when has your headache started? Do you have a prior history of similar headaches? Did you have similar headaches in the past with a gap of a few mo...  Read Full »

I am a 63-year-old with a little hearing problem even after removal of wax. I am also having bad throat and high BP. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 63-year-old. A week back I was having blocked feeling in the right ear. Also, there was a little hearing problem. I got the wax removed from an ENT who gave me Earwell drops to put in the ear. I mostly have a bad throat and take medicine for it at intervals. Still, there is a blo...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about as this is a very common treatable entity we come across. It is very unlikely that there is wax still left if you have shown it to an ENT surgeon. So, coming to the ...  Read Full »

I have a sore throat, cough, and chills for four days. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a sore throat and cough for four and a half days. I also had chills four days back but it went away after taking a tablet of Calpol 500. But after that, I have had a continuous bad throat. I was continuously taking gargles but after seeing little improvement I started taking me...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You are suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection with fever. Most of the time it is a viral infection, but it can be a bacterial infection as well. As it has been more than a week, I suggest you some basic investigations, 1. Blood- CB...  Read Full »

I have a lump on the back of my head. Could this be due to my upper respiratory tract infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had an upper respiratory infection for the past three weeks. I am just now taking a round of Z-Pak and noticed a dent with a lump at the back of my skull about three days ago; and also have a fluid feeling in my head. Do you know what this could be? My doctor does not think it is a...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your doctor is correct, as nothing related to the brain produces a dent or lump behind the head. You mentioned a fluid feeling in the head, but it lacks in detail. Do you mean you have hydrocephalus, a condition characterized by excessive flu...  Read Full »

I have stabbing pain in the lower left back after coughing up with phlegm. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male weighing 76 kg and 5.10 feet tall. Since the past month, I have been having issues with my chest. When I wake up in the morning, I cough up a lot of clear and white phlegm and get a stabbing pain in my lower left back. I am suffering from loss of appetite and often fall short ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A productive cough associated with shortness of breath and chest pain always indicates a need for clinical examination and appropriate special investigations as follows.Clinical examination with auscultation (using a stethoscope), Chest x-ray, Sputum specimen for culture...  Read Full »

What is causing pain in hands and feet with fever?

Query: Hi doctor,My 4-year-old son had a cough for two days. Now his cough is fine but now he has a high fever on the head side and his hands are ice cold. He is saying pain sometimes in his hands and sometimes in his feet. What is the cause? Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Jubin Kamar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the description, it seems your son is having an upper respiratory infection. If he is playful and active in between fever it may be a simple infection which will subside by its own. You can give Paracetamol during the fever spikes. If his fever is lasting for more ...  Read Full »

I am suffering with running nose, cough, and nasal blockage and concerned what could be effective treatment?

Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from a runny nose, cough, and nasal blockage and want to know the effective treatment for it. Kindly suggest.Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You might be suffering from a viral upper respiratory infection. I suggest you follow the below-mentioned instructions: Take a tablet of Phenylephrine twice daily for five days which acts as a decongestant. Take the tablet Paracetamol ...  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 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 con...  Read Full »

I am worried as I have been having continuous throat irritation along with excess salivation and also experiencing excess sweating. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a young male of 24 years with no medical history. I am having continuous throat irritation for three years but for six months the issue has gotten worse with excess salivation. There is a continuous mucus stuck in my throat, and that feeling is getting worse. I also have a partial ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sweating in the underarms and back can be without a cause or due to hormonal changes. You need to do the following: Use an aluminum chloride talc or solution. Dip your hands in cold water for 15 minutes twice daily for a month. Avoid spicy food and alcohol. You...  Read Full »

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