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High or mild temperature with cold and flu during winter. Medication?

Hi, this is Basith, I had a query in regard to the common cold n flu more particularly is winter season. I allways had a problem with runnig nose n cold due to which I even suffer with a high or mild temp.plz do advise me of one of the best medicine available in the market for the problem. I also wanted to know, is this are the symptoms of cold allergy and if yes what is the best medicines suggested to be taken in advance before the attack.
Asked On : Mon, 7 Jan 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi,
Welcome to HCM,
This is a viral infection caused by various virus,like Rhinovirus,Corona Virus,Adeno virus and Influenza.
See recovery takes place in 3 to 7 days,treatment is symptomatic like warm saline gargle,nasal decongestant and antitussive for cough.
Personal hygiene and and repeated hand washing is best preventive measure.
Although a INTERFERON NASAL SPRAY for prophylaxis for Rhinovirus infection.
Even addition of high dose of vitamin C is claimed to reduce duration of illness.In adults with good immunity these episodes are much less in numbers /year.
Common cold and flu should not be confused with allergic Rhinitis which is due to pollen and dust.
Take care
Good Luck
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Mayank Bhargava's  Response
Jan 2013
Hi,
Thanks for the posting your query.
You are most likely suffering from upper respiratory tract infection ; mostly viral in nature.
These viral infections gets aggravated by cold whether.
You should consult with internal medicine specialist and should go for thorough check up.
You should go for chest x ray, complete hemogram and ESR.
You should take cough suppressants, decongestants, throat soothing and antipyretics.
You should also perform gargles three times in a day.
Take care,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ravi Kant's  Response
Hi! your symptoms of running nose and cold with variable fever and related to winter season without any other symptoms like dyspnoea, wheezing or expectoration of cough points toward allergic rhinitis , sinusitis or common cold.
To rule out deviated nasal septum and chronic congestion of paranasal sinuses you should go for caldwell view and water's view X ray and CT scan of para nasal sinuses and consult an ENT specialict with the report if any abnormality detected.
For the prevention of allergic rhinitis first of all go for detection of the possible allergens by panel test for allergy, then its better to avoid exposure to these agents.Avoid carpets, woolen clothing, keep windows closed, keep house dust free, avoid fur pets like cats and dogs.
If acute attack present then you may take levocetrizine 5 mg O.D., sodium chromoglycate nasal drop few drop twice a day, topical nasal steroid betnesol N. for fever paracetamol 500mg SOS. Sinarest tab 25 mg B.D. ,steam inhalation with tincture benzoin, vitamin c tab 500mg BD, doxycycline 100 mg BD on first day then OD for five days.
wish you well. thanks
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General & Family Physician Dr. Muhammad Erfan's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM
sneezing, runny nose and sore throat points towards allergic rhinitis or influenza . the best treatment of it is prevention by keeping your self warm through wearing warm clothing. also you can use antihistamines. tab Loratadine 10 mg HS. you can also get your self an influenza vaccination each year at the start of November to reduce the intensity and frequency of your attacks.
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wishing you good health
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