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Is Azithral safe to take for cold? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 09-Apr-2014
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Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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Doctor:Please proceed with your query
User:Hi Doctor happy noon...
Doctor:Good afternoon to you too!
Doctor:How may I help you?
User:Myself suffering from Cold for past two weeks... running nose & nose blockage sometimes.. Voice modulation changed... so 3 days back, I chatted with XXXX.. she prescribed Azithral in the noon, Allercet DC in the night. For 3 days..
User:I took the same till yesterday..
Doctor:Has it helped?
User:situation remains same... but cough bit reduced...
Doctor:Ok. That's good. Azithro is a good first line drug for an infection.
Doctor:Since taking the Azithral, have you had any fevers or chills?
User:no, I dont have any... normal body temperature only..
User:Feel too uneasy with this voice...
User:But no throat pain and all..
Doctor:Understood
Doctor:Well. I have 2 course of action for you. Either of which you can take. It depends on how sick you feel at the moment
User:Thanks... can you help here pls
Doctor:One course of action is to take ANOTHER course of Antibiotics. Namely Levofloxacin. The dose is 500mg twice a day.
Doctor:You would continue the Allercet as well.
Doctor:This should get rid of the lingering infection
User:ok...
Doctor:The other course of action is to visit the doctors office right away and get a throat culture done. This will take 2 days to get a result but it will tell exactly which bacteria is growing and which antibiotic will work on it
User:Whats the another one..
User:ok..
Doctor:It just takes more time to do it this way. but it saves you the problem of taking an antibiotic that the infection may be resistant too
Doctor:The levoflox must be taken for at least 5 days BTW
User:ok... once in a day?
Doctor:No the Levoflox is twice a day
Doctor:500mg twice a day
Doctor:And, in any situation, it is a good idea to do steam inhalation to clear out your sinuses.
User:yeah... sure.... Thanks doctor...
Doctor:Boil a big pot of water and put a small amount of iodex in it so that the sharp oil of wintergreen smell can be felt while breathing in the steam.
User:Let me do it...
Doctor:Also, if you do take any antibiotic ever, you must make sure you take the full course and never skip a dose. Otherwise the bacteria can gain resistance and we have to try yet another drug on you
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
User:Thanks doctor... Thats it from my side...
Doctor:Ok. Thanks for coming to HCM. You take care ok?
User:yeah.. thanks... Have a great day ahead..
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