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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I've been coughing up smelly mucus for 2 weeks. What's the problem
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I have few questions for you
Doctor :   before I give you advice
Doctor :   What is your age?
Doctor :   Are you with me?
User :   Yes, I am 63
Doctor :   Since how long you have this problem?
User :   2 weeks
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
User :   No
Doctor :   Are you bringing out smelly mucus for last two weeks?
User :   Yes
Doctor :   Did it start first with cough and then mucus or the reverse?
User :   I have allergies in the Fall. So I had post nasal drip, then cough then mucus
Doctor :   Do you have problems like Diabetes or Asthma or COPD diagnosed earlier?
User :   No
Doctor :   Can you tell me the amount of mucus you cough out each time?
User :   small
Doctor :   Ok I understood the nature of the problem
Doctor :   One more question, What is its color?
User :   neutral, little cloudy, no specific color
Doctor :   Necessarily foul smelling mucus indicates a bacterial infection
Doctor :   Now coming to the site of the infection and the mucus I believe it is from the upper respiratory tract
Doctor :   like Nasopharynx, Pharnx or Sinuses
Doctor :   Generally a lower resp tract infection like Bronchitis, Pneumonitis are critical at your age
Doctor :   which can be chronically debilitating
Doctor :   Since you have a upper respiratory tract infection I believe yet it is not complicated
Doctor :   However it warrants an examination a course of antibiotics based on the local policy ( community acquired) for at least 7 days
Doctor :   You also require some mucolyte syrup, take three times a day after meal
Doctor :   Are you with me?
Doctor :   Did you follow?
User :   Yes. I have a doctor's appointment for Friday. Will that be ok?
Doctor :   Yes, meanwhile if some mucolytes are available over the counter in the form of syrup you can take them
User :   I'll go to pharmacy now to check. Thanks.
Doctor :   That is better
Doctor :   Do you have any more questions
Doctor :   I have a tip for yoiu
User :   No, you've answered them. Thanks alot for the info
Doctor :   Steam inhalations with topical application of Vicks can help you till the time you see your doc
Doctor :   I hope this is helpful
User :   Will do
Doctor :   Bye for nwo
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
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