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Headache, blocked nose, cough, yellow mucus, chest pain. Treatment for flu like symptoms?

Hi I still have flu like symptoms for about 5 weeks now.I get a headache in the temple area which is worse when I move,any sudden movements,worse when I blow my nose .I can t seem to smell things very well.My cough is worse when I laugh,is sort of rattling but hard to bring anything up amd when it does come up it is yellowish.Pain is worst on the left side of my chest and seems to be awful around 4 ish in the afternoon. I am always tied and needing naps,not very hungry but feel dehydrated so drink heaps Only things i want to eat a lot of are fruit or salty stuff
Asked On : Tue, 4 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello Universehelper,
I have read your question.

Ur symptoms are of 5 weeks.
Temple headache on moving.
blocked nose.
Cough with yellowish Sputum(mucus)
Left side chest pain.

U got probably " A Sinus Infection " which may have spread to lung with probable signs of Lower respiratory tract infection. U have to consult Chest Physician Or E.N.T specialist for Symptoms that still worsening.

U can do local remedies to control It.
- Steam inhalations solution is beneficial.
- Drink Hot Tea/Coffee/Soup frequently 3-4 times
- Avoid Cold drinks even drink normal temperature water
- Quit Smoking if U have habit
- Avoid Dust,pollens
- Put Hand on nose and mouth during coughing/sneezing to prevent spread of infection to other.

Do consult above Specialists if required & ask for proper antibiotics.

Regads, Dr Jignesh
Answered: Tue, 4 Dec 2012
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Pathologist and Microbiologist Dr. Shailja Puri 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM
1. Decrease in sense of smelling indicates a blocked nose or stuffy nose. Common causes of stuffy nose are infections- influenza or common cold or sinusities, allergies affecting nasal cavity, nasal polyps and nasal septum.
2. Cough associated with yellow colored sputum indicates a pyogenic/ bacterial infection of respiratory tract.
3. Chest pain (on left side) associated with cough and sputum indicates a chest or lower respiratory tract infection.
4. Feeling tired and dehydrated indicates a high metabolic rate most probably associated with infection (chest infection). Altered appetite also indicates the same.

You need certain investigations- X-ray chest and sputum routine examination and culture.
Consult your doctor and the relevant investigations for proper treatment.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Tue, 4 Dec 2012
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