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Having cold and nasal congestion. Which medicine to take? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 04-Jun-2013
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User:Hello Doctor
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Doctor i am have mild cold
User:i think it is due to heat
User:which tablet would you suggest to get relief from this
Doctor:May I know what you mean by mild cold?
Doctor:Do you mean you have nasal congestion or
Doctor:you are feeling chills?
User:nothing like that but light nasal congestion
Doctor:Since when are you having this?
Doctor:Is there other symptoms such as fever, bodyache, tiredness, headache, sore throat or cough?
User:from two days
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:Cold / nasal congestion is commonly caused by allergies or viral flu infection.
Doctor:In the absence of other clinical symptoms it is very difficult to differentiate or identify other possible infections.
Doctor:In this circumstance my suggestions to you are;
Doctor:1. Avoid dust and other allergies.
Doctor:2. Take steam inhalation with menthol, vicks or Karvol plus capsule.
Doctor:*Karvol Plus is a green coloured capsule available in any chemist/pharmacy store.
Doctor:You need to open and empty the contents inside this capsule into warm water.
User:taking steam is not possible for me as i am staying in PG
Doctor:This will generate steam which you can inhale.
Doctor:It is unfortunate that you cannot take steam as steam inhalation thrice a day is the most effective treatment for such problems.
Doctor:3. You can try nasal drops / sprays.
User:mild liquid is coming from nose
User:it might be due to over heat in body
Doctor:Saline nasal drops like nasovion or steroid containing ones like duonase nasal spray can be tried twice or thrice a day.
Doctor:4. D-cold is a decongestant available over the counter can also bring symptom relief.
User:Does Cold act helps doctor
Doctor:If above measures do not bring good relief, then you need to visit doctor. He can physically examine you and prescribe you antihistamines like levocetrizine with or without antibiotics/
Doctor:You can take coldact instead of D-cold too.
Doctor:But do not use both of them.
User:Ok... when should we take it....
User:Like night and evening?
Doctor:The cause as I mentioned earlier is most like allergy or infection.
User:Night and Morning
Doctor:Coldact can be used once or twice a day.
Doctor:Once a day is preferable as they can cause drowsiness.
Doctor:when used during the day.
User:oh...ok ok
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:Now i am confused whether it is due to allergy or heat :)
Doctor:I am not sure what you mean by heat. However the likely cause is either an allergy or viral flu.
User:if it is due to allergy, do we have light cough and body pains doctor?
Doctor:If you develop fever or other symptoms such as sore throat, body ache, redness of eyes, increased tears, headache and so on infection is most likely.
Doctor:Presence of body ache and other symptoms indicate a viral illness.'
User:ok fine
Doctor:Hope it is clear to you.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:yes it is
User:So i will go a head with COLD ACT doctor
Doctor:Watch out for other symptoms especially high grade fever with chills.
User:Sure Doctor...Thanks for your advise..
Doctor:you will need to visit a doctor if fever and other symptoms that make you very ill appear.
Doctor:You are welcome.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
User:thank you
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