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Chronic cough,throat infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Please proceed with your query.
User :   i have had cold flu symptoms for the last 4 week...i had a sputum test and it has come back with 'moderate growth of upper respiratory tract flora' and i am taking antibiotics but still have this dry cough with white phlegm..
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   So you have been consulting a doctor ?
User :   i have and he thinks i may have bronchitis ...
Doctor :   Could you give me some more details like your age and could you also tell me how it started initially.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Also the antibiotics you have been using.
User :   i am started off with a runny nose...then sore throat and then it was a dry cough and then became a productive cough
User :   and know i think its a dry cough again...
Doctor :   Ok, let me just brief you a few things, but before that was your sputum green or yellow before it turned white now ?
User :   sputum was yellow...never green
Doctor :   Ok,
Doctor :   Please note the following steps to get well soon : Doctor :   1. Please do not expose yourself to cold weather absolutely as it is winter at the first step.
Doctor :   2. Please do avoid cool/cold food products
Doctor :   3. Please do use luke warm salt water to gargle three-four times every day.
Doctor :   Hope you are following.
Doctor :   You also need to understand that your cold and cough symptoms are gradually waning as you can note that yellow sputum indicates a bacterial infection but white sputum is just mucoid in nature.
Doctor :   Are you following ?
User :   yes i am
User :   the micro test stated the following: "small numbers of mixed bacterial forms"
User :   what does that mean...
Doctor :   So the infection of your Upper Respiratory Tract has been due to bacteria but not specifically pointed out at one, which is not very significant for a Clinician rather than a Microbiologist , so the treating doctor would have opted for a Broad Spectrum Anti-biotic which can kill all the forms
Doctor :   That was the reason I was asking you about the Anti-biotic prescribed.
User :   i have been reading things on the internet and the cough concerns me more than anything...
User :   amoxcyllin
Doctor :   That is quite good, and is the traditional drug for this kind of throat infections.
User :   i probably cough 6 or 7 times a day with my nose producing the white phlegm..
User :   i was reading that many coughs are associated with lung cancer and i am a bit worried
Doctor :   4. You should not panic at this stage and I am sure if you use anti-histamine for another 4 days with Sinarest nasal drops in hot water and inhale them, would relieve you in a weeks time.
User :   mind you i have never smoked in my life
Doctor :   That is Very Encouraging to know.
Doctor :   I would still suggest and rely on this protocol for one more week and if at all does not subside then go for a High Resolution CT.
User :   ok...
Doctor :   And i strongly feel yours is not a case of Lung cancer as there are a huge number of co-related symptoms associated with it.
Doctor :   So please do not worry, I do understand your feelings and do follow the steps I have suggested you.
Doctor :   Hope you have followed.
User :   ok..thank you very much dr for your expertise...
Doctor :   5. Finally,
Doctor :   I would suggest you to take a cough supressant like Robitussin tab. twice daily & Claritin tab. thrice daily for 4 days
Doctor :   These are OTC drugs available very much.
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me.
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Hope you get well soon and Take care, Bye for now.
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