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