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Medication for Upper respiratory infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Good afternoon..
User :   Hi Good Afternoon
User :   I have been having cold for last 2 days.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Running noise and mild headache
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I feel headache during morning and at evening/night
User :   no sign of fever as such
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Please suggest me
Doctor :   Do you have associated symptoms such as sore throat, ear pain, fullness of ears?
Doctor :   Do you have history of allergies?
User :   Nothing as such. Sneezing but not so often
User :   No. But am having sneezing for long time
Doctor :   Ok
User :   usually sneezing i have in morning
User :   but again it is random
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes, bronchial asthma?
User :   Nothing as such. Right now I have running nose and headache. Sneezing have been an issue for long days.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   You symptoms are consistent with the features of upper respiratory inflammation
Doctor :   The probable reason could be allergy or a viral infection.
Doctor :   These symptoms practically are self limiting ones meaning you need not concern.
Doctor :   You will need symptomatic measures which I shall suggest you.
Doctor :   1. Avoid any cold and refrigerated diet
Doctor :   2. Steam inhalation thrice a day - you can use vicks vapo rubs or alternatively use Karvol plus tablet into the boiling water and inhale.
Doctor :   3. Use antihistamine drugs such as cetrizine one tablet at night for 3 days.
Doctor :   4. If you notice fever, you can use tablet dolo 650 mg when your temperature goes above 100 degress
User :   Okay. No signs as such so far. And about the cold food, Like juice kept in refrigerator?
Doctor :   5. Drink plenty of water and take good amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
User :   I mean sign of fever.
Doctor :   6, Watch out for high grade fever with shivering, if you notice such symptoms
User :   ok
Doctor :   or develop new symptoms such as sore throat, severe ear ache,
Doctor :   It could be a sign of secondary bacterial infection
Doctor :   in which case, you need to see a doctor and obtain antibiotics.
Doctor :   7. Apart from this, i do suggest you to have good bed rest.
Doctor :   make sure that your diet and hydration are well maintained
Doctor :   You should be feeling better in 2-3 days time
User :   I take orange juice for hydration, apart from the water you suggest anything else?
Doctor :   however, if you find that you persist to have this symptoms for more than a week, you will need blood tests.
Doctor :   yes, fruit juices and good food/fruits will benefit you in faster recovery.
Doctor :   hence that is a good measure too.
Doctor :   Hope it is clear to you.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   I think sneezing is allergic? I have for more than a year?
Doctor :   Yes, long standing sneezing is indication that it is allergic.
Doctor :   however an acute viral infection can also cause sneezing.
Doctor :   Hence it is ideal that you watch out for all these symptoms.
User :   Does you suggestion is for current symptoms ( cold and headache)?
Doctor :   Consider seeing the doctor if such symptoms appear or if symptoms persists for more than a week.
Doctor :   Cetrizine will take care of the cold and Dolo 650mg is useful in treating the headaches.
Doctor :   Take them as suggested along with the steam inhalation with Karvol plus tablets.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes. Just a clarification, the inhalation is with hotwater and vicks vapour rubs or Karvol plus tablet?
Doctor :   Yes,
User :   Got that.
Doctor :   you can drop the tablet, infact it is a capsule
Doctor :   after cutting the tip of it into hot water
User :   you mean Karvol plus cut and put in hot water?
Doctor :   alternatively you can drop small amount of vicks vapo rub in hot water and inhale thrice a day.
Doctor :   Yes, cut the tip of the capsule, and squeeze the content into it or drop it into the water and inhale them.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   alternatively on same day or following day?
Doctor :   Continue them for 2 - 3 days twice or thrice a day.
Doctor :   The measures suggested are for reducing the symptoms,
Doctor :   a complete cure is possible only after few days.
Doctor :   I mean you can use the Karvol plus capsule.
Doctor :   They are available easily at any pharmacy without prescription.
User :   Either or both?
Doctor :   If you do not find them at your pharmacy, you can ask for the vicks vapo rup.
Doctor :   Both have similar effects.
User :   GOt that
Doctor :   So you can use them continously or alternatively too. It doesn't matter
User :   thank you. I can find the tablet could be more effective?
Doctor :   Few people may find the medication less effective than the vapo rub.
Doctor :   So if you do not find them effectively, you can switch to vapo rup inhalation.
User :   Thank you.
Doctor :   Hope it is clear to you.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   Yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   Thank you indeed.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
User :   no
Doctor :   Wish you fast recovery.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   Thank you.
User :   Bye
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