Cough, gets worse at night, breathlessness, viral infection suspected. Suggestions? - Online Doctor Chats
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I am having cough since last 7 days. Local physcian in my locality says its a viral infection.
However in night the cough conditions worsens. in fact i m coughing contin for 5-10 min so..also feel breathless and dizzy..is that ok
whn i cough it seems it is coming from very down in my body and my entire strenghth is being taken away
Lying in an inclined position might reduce these symptoms.
i just wonder if i continue coughing i may not be able to get back my breath again...so little worried
inclined....so u suggest i use a pillow or no..will tht make a diff
By inclined position, I mean lying in a reclined posture -
This positions relieves pressure on the lungs and reduced breathing difficulties.
ok..also advise how long will this cough last and whn shd i get worried or go for some tests etc, if so required..its already 7 days
Is your cough dry or do you produce sputum while you cough.
sputum..which is whitish and has air in it sometimes...sometimes little yellow
Presence of severe sputum which is foul smelling and green/yellow color is more suggestive of bacterial contamination
and this needs a course of antibiotics.
If you have severe yellowish sputum with the cough, you can report back to your doctor for prescription of antibiotic.
In addition deep steam inhalation will also help you in reducing your symptom.
also can i take lozenges
Usually viral / allergic coughs may last for 2-3 weeks.
Yes, the lozenges will help.
ok it can last tht long
So are warm ginger tea.
It is concerning if the symptoms last for months,
is associated with other symptoms such as significant sputum (as explained earlier),
If such symptoms are present you need to be investigated.
Have you followed what I suggested?
Do you have any other query?
yes one last question
is thr a chance that i may faint if its gets too dizzy since i live alone
ok..so wht shd i do whn i encounter such dizzyness
Dizziness is mostly secondary to vasovagal reflux
that is associated with severe bout of coughing.
hence i suggest you to be flat or in the reclined posture
to reduce the chances of fainting.
ok ...thx a lot
Often the dizziness would disappear in this position, as the cough reduces.
however if you continue to have dizziness even after the cough has vanished,
then we need to look into your ears to see if you have any other cause there.
Have you followed?
Do you have any other query?
no thank you
Thanks for consulting me.
I wish you to recover soon.
Bye for now.
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