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Home remedy for sore throat and cough - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello Doctor
User :   I am facing an issue with sore throat along with some productive cough
User :   the cough is not very frequent
Doctor :   Ok
User :   however there is a feeling that there is sputum inside the chest
Doctor :   When did it start at first and how did it start?
Doctor :   I mean what is your first symptom?
User :   this time around, it started a few days ago
User :   however I used to have similar issues whenever I get exposed to cold / winter
Doctor :   Do you have asthma / sinusitis / Allergy issues
User :   none of it
User :   the cough used to be very severe earlier i.e. when I used to have several years ago
User :   several = 7-8 years
Doctor :   Did you take medicines for anything and did you consult doctor for thise problem yet?
User :   when I was in college and was freq exposed to cold
User :   no I haven't consulted a doc for this problem yet
User :   as in not this time
User :   had done it when I was in college and had the issue
User :   an x ray of my chest was done
Doctor :   Do you think each day you are getting better since the start of it?
User :   n some sput accumulation was apparently seen
User :   yes
Doctor :   What is your age?
User :   30
Doctor :   How frequent is this problem now a days?
Doctor :   I mean how many times in 6 months?
User :   only when I am exposed to winter only
User :   it is happening now after a while
User :   it hasn't happened after an year now
Doctor :   Ok, I consider this as a normal phenomenon as every person has an episode of upper respiratory infection during the winter months
Doctor :   So your current episode also started with sorethroat and cough
User :   yes
Doctor :   this has gotten worse with sputum because of bacterial infection
Doctor :   Now it is resolving
User :   ok
Doctor :   as you say
Doctor :   So at this time, I would just say to start with Steam inhalations
User :   sure
Doctor :   with Vicks
User :   noted
User :   thank you very much
Doctor :   Four times a day
User :   noted
Doctor :   This will loosen the mucus and dilate the airways
User :   Will it permanently resolve the issue and take out the sput accumulated inside?
Doctor :   Cover your nostrils and mouth and ears when you go out in pollutions during these days
Doctor :   This reduces the chances of further bacterial infection
Doctor :   When you come back home or office from outside, you can wash your nose, mouth and face with soap
User :   sure.
Doctor :   The dust and pollen that sticks inside trigger allergic reaction and forms this mucus
Doctor :   Hot water baths, hot teas with lemon and honey also does good
Doctor :   along with steam inhalations
Doctor :   This is the way to recover fast
User :   black tea or milk tea?
Doctor :   Black tea with one half of lemon and one tsp of honey
User :   ok
Doctor :   Hope this is helpful
Doctor :   Do you have any more questions?
User :   indeed, however one more clarification
Doctor :   yes
User :   I somehow feel that there is sput accumulated inside me that gets aggravated everytime my chest gets exposed to cold weather.
User :   I feel as if I am carrying it around.
Doctor :   You need to get an Xray and find it out
Doctor :   Xray Chest PA view
User :   This is because, I start having deep coughs almost as soon as wind / cold weather hits me instead of catching an infection which gradually worsens
Doctor :   If so, then you have to cover or not expose to such winds
Doctor :   Cold weather again triggers the reacation and closes the airways
User :   of course I trying doing that now, but want to figure out how to get it out of my system once and for all
User :   will ofcourse try the inhalation, tea and avoiding pollution you suggested
Doctor :   Few individuals are allergic to cold weather
Doctor :   and this is an allergn
Doctor :   They have mutations in the genetics of it
User :   ok
Doctor :   hence they are bothered during the cold weather
User :   so I guess I will first try the inhalations
Doctor :   so you have to keep going with it, and avoid these allergens
User :   and then go for the X ray
User :   sure note
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Of course there can be certain tests
User :   can I save this chat for future ref?
Doctor :   like Spirometry, Allergy sensitivity tests that can be done by ENT or Pulmonology specialists
Doctor :   yes you can copy and save it
Doctor :   Else, you can login, click accounts & Settings on rt top corner and then click chat history
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   thank you very much again
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