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Relief from common cold - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hello sir may I know your name please
Doctor :   I'm Dr.
User :   Hello Dr.
Doctor :   hello
User :   I can common cold
User :   what precaution should I take
User :   have*
Doctor :   ok
User :   wanted to ask
Doctor :   A common cold
User :   why do we get common cold ?
Doctor :   Will usually resolve itself
Doctor :   within a few days
Doctor :   Drink plent of fluids
Doctor :   *plenty
Doctor :   keep your self warm
User :   i usually get cold specially during climate change
User :   I am from Bangalore itself
Doctor :   you can take a few OTC medicines for symptomatic relief
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   that happens normally
Doctor :   when winter sets in
User :   hmm..
Doctor :   Following a healthy life style helps a bit
User :   yes
Doctor :   No smoking
User :   healthy life style in the sense
User :   I dont smoke :)
Doctor :   eating healthy
Doctor :   and daily exercise for atleast half an hour
Doctor :   thats very good
User :   :)
Doctor :   Make sure you get plenty of fruits and vegetable sin your diet
Doctor :   *in - sorry :)
User :   citrus fruits can I have them during cold
User :   should I stay away from curd ?
Doctor :   If you do get a cold- avoid getting into an a/c environment for atleast 2 days
Doctor :   Citrus fruits and curds are better avoided
Doctor :   especially if the curd is sour
Doctor :   you can have chicken/ other soups with pepper
User :   oh thank you
Doctor :   Is your cold quie bad
Doctor :   If it is I can prescribe you some medicines for
Doctor :   relief of symptoms
User :   hmm
User :   yeah sure :)
User :   I am having cough syrup for now
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   which one?
User :   once I ignored cold
User :   and it grew
User :   the cough dried and all
User :   when I tried to spit cough there was some blood in it too
User :   got 102 fever also
User :   why did it grow so much ?
Doctor :   when was this?
User :   it was couple of years back
User :   I had to miss my main exam because of that
Doctor :   Do you have h/o asthma or bronchitis?
User :   no I dont have them
Doctor :   How old are you and what work do you do?
User :   I am 24 years old
User :   I am a BE student
Doctor :   It usually happends when you get a secondary bacterial infection
User :   ohh
Doctor :   how many days have you had the cold for this time?
User :   Yesterday morning I had the feeling of getting cold
Doctor :   The main things is when you do get a cold-
Doctor :   Dont starve your self
Doctor :   eat well- eat hot foods
Doctor :   and drink plenty of fluids
Doctor :   Take rest and do not indulge in any
Doctor :   physically exerting activity
User :   oh yes sir I will follow that
Doctor :   you can take tablet sinarest at bed time
User :   I dunno but I get cold very easily
Doctor :   for relief of your symtoms
Doctor :   Do you generally eat well?
User :   yes I do
Doctor :   Do you have any other health problems?
User :   hmm no other health problem as such
User :   I am pretty healthy
User :   very rarely I go to doctor
User :   If I go also it would be because of cold
Doctor :   ok
User :   other than that no problem
Doctor :   How often do you get colds?
User :   like once a 2-3 months
Doctor :   Do you have recurrent episodes of nose block/ headache during the colds?
User :   I dont get headache
User :   but i have running nose
User :   and some times mild body pain
Doctor :   any difficulty in breathing through your nose?
User :   yeah one side of nose gets blocked
Doctor :   how many years have you been having this recurrent cold problem?
User :   so I have to blow my nose
User :   ever since I am in Bangalore
Doctor :   ok
User :   around 10 years or s
User :   so*
Doctor :   from what you have told me
Doctor :   you most probably have a DNS- deviated nasal septum
Doctor :   It is very important for you to drink plenty of water
User :   oh..
Doctor :   as this keeps your mucus secretions watery and
Doctor :   they drain out easily
User :   can you explain that in layman term please
Doctor :   Also dont blow your nose too hard
User :   i get pain at the side of the nose because I blow hard
Doctor :   The middle separating partition of your nose is not straight
Doctor :   so one sid gets blocked- and infection may not
Doctor :   clear completely
User :   oh
Doctor :   resulting in recurrent colds
User :   DNS- deviated nasal septum what is this sir ?
User :   is it some genetic disorder ?
Doctor :   The middle separating partition of your nose is called the nasal septum
Doctor :   no it is not a gentic disorder
Doctor :   it is a physical deformity
User :   oh ok
Doctor :   Its nothing major
Doctor :   its very common
User :   oh
Doctor :   I have it too
User :   you also get cold regularly ?
Doctor :   It just keeps causing one side of your nose to get blocked often
Doctor :   I used to
Doctor :   Drinking lots of water- 2ltrs per day helps alot
User :   oh
Doctor :   Also do steam inhalation on the blocked side to clear it
Doctor :   dont blow too hard
User :   yes sir
Doctor :   blowing hard can result in you getting worse infections like sinusitis
User :   oh
Doctor :   so just try these simple tips whenever you get a cold
Doctor :   BUt drinking plent of water
User :   sure sir
Doctor :   should be regular
Doctor :   *plenty
User :   My water intake is low
User :   I should increase it
Doctor :   yes defnitely
Doctor :   2ltrs per day
User :   oh
Doctor :   thats about 10 normal glasses
Doctor :   ok
User :   :)
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you with
User :   thank you so much for your time
User :   I will surely be back, if I have any such doubts
Doctor :   you are welcome
Nice chatting to you jeba.
User :   and also refer my friends to use this site
Doctor :   thank you
User :   thank you Dr. Muthana
Doctor :   Have a good night
User :   I wish you the same
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   good night
User :   bye
Doctor :   thanks :)
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