Cough and cold. Should I visit doctor? - Online Doctor Chats
Hello Dr my name is XXXXXX
How are you doing?
Not too good. I've had a cough and cold for a week now, it was quite back till about 3 days ago. I did not want to take any anti-biotics this time, so I decided to ride it out.
Though the cough has improved, it has not fully gone. I have congestion in the chest (not throat).
I just wanted to check with a doctor if it is okay to just ride it out for a few more days or should I visit a doctor?
Have you taken any kind of medication or any treatment at all?
I took Vicks Action 500 on days when I had a fever and told an ayurvedic medicine called Koflin for a few days
I'm started taking a cough syrup called Cheston CS from yesterday evening
How old are you?
then what we need to do is this
Take steam inhalation twice daily
have tulsi and ginger tea
and keep yourself warm
Ok. I've been drinking a lot of tulsi and ginger tea.
you can continue with that syrup
but it should be making you sleepy
so dont drive or handle any machinery after that
A little bit
Wait for 2-3 days
if it doesnt become ok
Also, I don't know if this is pertinent. I'm a smoker (about 10 sticks a day) and I haven't smoked for a week now despite strong withdrawl symptoms.
You would probably need some antibiotics
It puts you at risk of such infections
and then delays recovery also
in my opinion, steam inhalation is the best thing for you
It should help a lot
since you have stopped smoking
You can take 4 mg version
It will reduce your withdrawal
and also help otherwise
Ok. Infact I'm hoping I won't need that also. This week has been bad with severe headaches and strong urges. I feel if I can go without for another week, I should be able to just give up for good.
but bad withdrawal makes it tougher
so thats why
OK, understood. Thanks!
Ok, thank you very much Dr. XXXXXXX I will try that the tablet you mentioned and steam inhalation for a couple of days.
you should be fine in 3-4 days
Is there anything else I can help with?
Not at the moment. In case I need to get in touch again, how can I make sure that I get you on the chat next time?
You can ask for me
They'll put you through
Have a good day ahead
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