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Having dry cold. Any medication ? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 09-Jun-2013
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User:Hi Doctor
Doctor:Good Afternoon
Doctor:I am Dr. XXXXXXX here.
User:Good afternoon...
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:I'm AAAAA from Bangalore
User:this is about cold that I've
Doctor:Hello, AAAAA, please proceed with your query
User:from past 3-4 days I'm having cold, looks like dry cold
User:I don't have cough or headache
User:but at night my nose gets blocked
Doctor:Are you taking any medication?
User:in the morning when i clean my nose, am getting reddish stuff
User:have not taken any medicine till now
User:as i thought the cold could be due to sudden weather change
Doctor:Fine. I will need some more details to guide you better.
Doctor:How do you commute regularly?
User:by car
Doctor:Ok. Do you keep the windows closed or open?
User:in the morning i keep window open. in the evening i keep it closed
User:also if there is dust or fume i keep the window closed in the morning also
Doctor:Do you have a problem of sinusitis or allergy?
User:i guess i need to get that checked.
User:i moved into a new place in 2010.
User:during 2010 & 2011 i used to have cold for 2-3 times
Doctor:Do you get frequent sneezing/ headaches?
User:last year in 2012 i had cold for 5 times - around once in 2.5 months
Doctor:Let me guide you regarding this.
User:no frequent sneezing or headache
User:get sneezing if i go to a dusty place
User:or while cleaning old books etc
User:usually i cover my nose while cleaning
User:btw I'm 36 years old
Doctor:The symptoms of getting nose blocks at night and having reddish nasal substance indicates allergy.
Doctor:I will guide you about how it can be prevented or reduced.
User:also nose blocks are not regular. it's only when i get cold
User:reddish nasal substance - it's the 1st time i'm seeing this
Doctor:1. As you said, cover your nose when you are in dusty environment.
Doctor:2. Clean your nostrils with water at least 3 times a day.
User:ok...cold water or warm water?
Doctor:For that you will have to take a small amount of water in your palms, and then inhale a bit until the water is inside the nostrils.
Doctor:Warm water is best.
Doctor:Then push it out forcefully by breathing out forcefully through each nostril.
Doctor:By closing the other nostril.
Doctor:That keeps your nostril clean.
User:ok, shoule i regularly do it or do it only when i have cold?
Doctor:You can do that whenever you come after passing through a dusty environment.
Doctor:You can do it regularly , atleast 2 times a day.
User:ok...will do that
Doctor:2. Steam inhalation
Doctor:You can add one capsule of Carvol plus into the hot water before inhalation.
Doctor:That helps in opening up the closed nostril.
Doctor:You can do it only when you are having cold.
Doctor:3. Drink only warm water.
User:i need not do steam inhalation if nose is not blocked, isn't it?
Doctor:4. Avoid having refrigerated food.
Doctor:You are right. You do not have to inhale steam when not having cold.
User:i usually have refregerated food which i need to stop i guess
Doctor:5. Keep your bedroom warm.
User:when you say refregerated food - can i have it after heating it?
Doctor:You can have it after warming. But, best is to have only freshly cooked food.
Doctor:Practically I know it is difficult.
Doctor:But give a try.
User:yes, will give it a try
User:also usually i put fan (not very fast) at night while sleeping. my bedroom is warm.
User:should i avoid fan?
Doctor:Please note that, the first point was the most important in reducing the recurrent cold.
User:ok...avoiding dust
Doctor:Yes, in winter you can avoid fan.
Doctor:Avoiding dust is important. But we cannot control the environment.
User:also, i've AC in my work place. would that matter
Doctor:So along with it washing the nostrils 2-3 times daily is the most important exercise in my experience.
User:do you suggest me to close car window in the morning as well & use AC or will that be bad as well
User:ok, sure
Doctor:If you practice washing the nostril, then keeping the car A/C would not be necessary.
Doctor:Then you can keep the windows down too.
Doctor:have you followed?
User:yes, got it
User:i've couple of related questions if you've time
Doctor:Please proceed.
User:should i worry about reddish substance from nose now? wait for how many days before visiting a doctor if it doesn't stop?
User:i didn't go to a doctor till now as the doctor near my house usually gives anti biotic medicine which makes me tired :-)
Doctor:You need not worry about the reddish substance as it is mild bleeding that occurs when the nostrils are irritated by pollution.
Doctor:It will clear off with the above mentioned steps.
Doctor:It may take maximum of around 3-7 days.
User:will follow the steps suggested
Doctor:If it does not get clear by then, you can visit your family physician.
User:for long term - anything to do to reduce frequency of allergic cold - apart from the steps you alread suggested? like exercise, yoga, medication etc?
Doctor:Regular brisk walking, and yoga can reduce the frequency of allergic colds.
User:I do jogging on treadmill 3-4 times a week, for ~half an hour per session
User:will start to include yoga in my exercise list as well
Doctor:Treadmill is a good exercise, but research data has also shown an increased frequency of knee pain in people who use treadmill regularly.
User:yes, I too heard about it. roads near my house are not too well laid at the moment. so, will start walking & reduce treadmill once the roads are done.
Doctor:That should be fine.
User:thanks Dr. XXXXXXX that was useful
Doctor:Have you followed all my suggestions?
User:yes doctor
Doctor:You are welcome. AAAA.
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help yu on?
User:Many thanks. Bye for now..
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
Doctor:Have a great day!!
User:You to have a freat day...
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