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Post infection bronchitis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you , today?
User :   i was sick with a very bad cold 7 weeks ago
Doctor :   ok
User :   coughing every few minutes, runny nose..phlegm..
User :   sore thraot..
User :   throat...
User :   i
Doctor :   ok
User :   however,
User :   i am still coughing now...maybe once a night and 3 or 4 times a day with phlegm..
User :   i am wondering why it has not gone away as yet..
Doctor :   have your symptoms that were present initially subsided ?
User :   definitely not coughing as much as i was when i was sick...
Doctor :   ok
User :   definitely subsided...
Doctor :   it seems that you are now having a post infectious cough
User :   ok..
User :   how long does this last for?
Doctor :   Usually once a infection subsides the residual inflammation of the airway causes persistent cough, this is called post infectious bronchitis
Doctor :   The main symptoms here are dry, cough in paroxysms which persist for a long variable time frame.
Doctor :   that continues for 2-4 weeks after one recovers from a cold or chest infection
Doctor :   Antibiotics do not work for this condition.
User :   what can i do
Doctor :   for help now, you can use cough suppresants , lozenges
User :   i am gargling lots of salt and water
Doctor :   like halls cough drops, can help
Doctor :   yes that will help and soothen the irritated air passages
User :   and running it through my nose as well...
User :   and then it produces phlegm...
Doctor :   in addition cough syrups containing , guaiphenesin
Doctor :   also helps
User :   ok
Doctor :   decongestants available OTC also help
Doctor :   In addtion adequate hydration , and good rest also helps in healing.
User :   is it normal to have have phlegm
Doctor :   usually no
Doctor :   but in presence of post infective inflammation, presence of slight amount of phlegm is ok
Doctor :   some medications that you can use include vicks sinex , or otrivine
Doctor :   these will reduce the symptoms and provide adequate relief
User :   i feel most of it comes from my nose when i do the salt watermix..
Doctor :   do you have a post nasal drip, or feel the nose is blocked ?
User :   nose is not blocked...but feel like i have runny nose that produces phlegm..
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   as i said, nasal decongestants like vicks sinex, otrivine will help
Doctor :   in addition taking claritin will also help
User :   ok..thank u
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help u with ?
User : have been very helpful..
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me here , please leave your valuable feedback
Doctor :   take care and hope ur health improves
Doctor :   have a good night
User :   good night
Doctor :   bye for now
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