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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Good evening Doctor
Doctor :   How can i help you?
User :   I have a cold, cough, headache and 101.5 fever since today afternoon
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   30 female
Doctor :   Do you have sorethroad, nasal congestion?
Doctor :   *sore throat?
User :   sore throat no
User :   nasal congestion no
Doctor :   Do you produce sputum when you cough?
User :   a little
Doctor :   Can you describe the sputum, its colour, is it foul smelling?
User :   there is no sputum as such
User :   i mean it is not required to be spitted out
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have nausea, vomiting?
User :   no nausea
User :   no vomiting
Doctor :   Do you have burning sensation while passing urine?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes/hypertension?
User :   no nothing
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   You are probably having respiratory tract infection.
Doctor :   The cause for it may be viral infection or a bacterial infection.
Doctor :   Let me suggest you a few measures that will help you.
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   1. Tab Calpol, three times a day ( for fever )
Doctor :   Its an effective drug in reducing the fever.
User :   ok
Doctor :   However, if the fever is not reduced even after an hour of taking this medication, you need sponging.
Doctor :   Sponging with warm water.
User :   ok
User :   and for cough and cold
Doctor :   2. Syp Benadryl 2tsp twice or thrice a day.
Doctor :   this is an expectorant, which helps in bringing out the sputum.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Your cough may slightly increase after taking this medication, as its an expectorant and its action is getting the sputum out by coughing.
Doctor :   3. Tablet sinarest one tablet at night for cold.
Doctor :   4. Good bed rest, avoid exertion,
Doctor :   adequate hydration and diet is essential.
User :   ok
User :   thks
Doctor :   5. Your conditions should be improving in a few days.
User :   can i use instead of bandryl cofdex
User :   can i use cofdex instead of benadryl please
Doctor :   However, if your symptoms are not getting well in a 3 to 5 days, I suggest you to consult your doctor as you may need antibiotics.
Doctor :   Cofdex is a cough suppressant and not expectorant.
User :   a lot of tiredness is also there
User :   it is possibly because of the cold and cough, is that correct
Doctor :   If you producing more sputum with cough, then I recommend the benadryl.
Doctor :   If there is no sputum then you may try cofdex.
User :   whatis sputum exactly
Doctor :   Tiredness, generalised body pains, and weakness is a part of viral infections,
Doctor :   This comes down once your infection settles.
User :   ok and may i please ask your credentials, if you dont mind
Doctor :   Your tiredness can be over come with good diet and good hydration.
Doctor :   I am a general practitioner.
User :   calpol 500 mg?
Doctor :   Yes, calpol 500mg thrice a day.
User :   ok are you a mbbs please and how old if you dont mind me asking
Doctor :   I am 29 years ole and yes, I am an MBBS doctor.
User :   ok thank you very much
User :   bye
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no thats it - could it be swine flu
Doctor :   Its difficult to predict a swine flu since its symptoms resemble any viral infection,
Doctor :   Its diagnosed by a throat swab alone.
Doctor :   And the treatment of the swine flu are given for category B and C cases.
User :   ok and this would not be category b or c right now, is it correct
Doctor :   Watch out for these symptoms such as rashes, breathing difficulties, burning sensation in the urine, presence of blood in the urine or bleeding from any source.
User :   ok
User :   thanks you
Doctor :   If you notice any such symptoms, you may need to report to the doctor immediately.
Doctor :   And yes, you do not belong to cat b or c cases.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes i got it thanks, shoul di take sinarest only once a day, before going to bed
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   They can cause drowsiness if taken during the day,
Doctor :   Hence I suggest you use them only at night.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query that I can assist you with?
User :   thats it thanks a lot,
User :   good night
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
Doctor :   Please refer our service to your friends.
User :   ok
User :   will do
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