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Having mild fever, cough and running nose. Took Cifixime and sheetophaladi churna. Suggest? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 04-Aug-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Hi Doc
User:I am having mild fever (99-100 F) from last Tuesday 9th July 2013. Initially, I just took some paracetamol and citrizine for 2-3 days suspecting it a common cold/viral fever because I was also having some running nose at that time. On Sat/Sun, I was feeling almost normal but since Monday, I, as well as all other 3 members in my family also got similar mild fever ranging from 99 - 101 F. Since then, I and all others are taking Cifixime (I and wife, 200 mg BD, 8 years daughter 100 mg BD, 2 years son, 50 mg BD). While all other are almost normal now, I am still having cough and mild fever, though, cough is reducing but still worse in early morning and late evening. Its almost dry now and I can feel obstruction in the tracia causing sound. However, once I got sleep, I have no cough. In addition to these, I have also taken some Ayurvedic medicines, Sheetophaladi Churna with Honey, twice a day and Chavanaprash in the evening. Now, I am almost sure situation will be better in a couple of days but I want to know if this (mild fever for more than 10 days associated with cough) may be an indication of some other severe disease like tuberculosis or any other. Or, its just a changing weather effect which might have cause this.
Doctor:Give me a few minutes to read the question.
Doctor:It looks like you suffered from a respiratory infection.
Doctor:In many cases, cough is the last symptom to resolve.
Doctor:Tuberculosis or bronchitis is suspected if there is on and off fever and cough for more than 3 months.
User:Ah! then its shouldn't be the case
Doctor:Since your symptoms are for just over an week, I do not think we can suspect tuberculosis yet.
User:So it was a viral + respiratory infection then
User:because all members in family also got similar mild fever
User:mostly just 99 F
User:others don't have cough
Doctor:It is extremely difficult to diagnosis the type of infection without specific tests.
Doctor:In your case, whether it was a viral or other bacterial infection cannot be known without tests.
User:Will you recommend for some test at this stage
Doctor:Yes, it is most likely to be a viral, but bacterial infections cannot be ruled out.
Doctor:Tests to exclude bacterial infection is done before starting antibiotic therapy.
Doctor:If antibiotics are started, the test can be performed if symptoms do not respond to the specific antibiotic.
User:because after taking antibiotics, conditions got better
Doctor:In your case, as you are already on antibiotic - cefixime, and the symptoms are improving, performing tests now is futile.
User:so, I also suspect it was a bacterial infection associated with viral
Doctor:I would like you to understand that the way bacterial and viral infection act and behave is not constant.
Doctor:I mean viral infection can present similarly to bacterial ones and resolve spontaneously.
Doctor:Antibiotic therapy has no significant effect on the virus.
Doctor:Hence at this point of time, there is no real need to discuss the cause of infection.
Doctor:Yes, I would definitely advice you to explore the cause of infection if symptoms repeat again within a short period of time.
Doctor:Or if the symptoms resolution is delayed.
Doctor:please follow your doctors advice and I think you will be back to normal.
Doctor:I hope you understand what I said,
Doctor:Do you have any questions?
User:Sure Doc. Thanks for your valuable guidance.
Doctor:Do you have any other questions?
User:No. Not at this time anymore
Doctor:Lastly I see that you have posted a question on Ask a Doctor regarding the same issue.
Doctor:would you want a reply on that.
User:Yes, that is already replied. So, no need ofcourse
Doctor:If all your queries are answered and you do not have any more doubts, can I remove that from my dash board.
Doctor:Thank you.
Doctor:You can chat with us again if you have any queries.
Doctor:Bye for now.
User:have a nice day
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