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29 weeks pregnant, with dry cough, asking home remedies. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   My wife is 29 weeks pregnant. For last 2 weeks she is having severe dry cough during late evening and night before dinner.Its not occurring during the day time, morning or afternoon. It occurrs only starting from late evening around 7pm.
What could be the reason. How to overcome this. Thanks.
Doctor :   hi
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since when is she having this problem?
User :   for last 2 weeks.
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User :   she has vomitted starting from the pregnancy
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is there throat pain, swallowing difficulty?
User :   no pain and no swallowing difficulty
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how did it start?
User :   don't know the reason. just started as soon as the summer started. She has execessive body heat and then started.
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since she is pregnant 29 weeks, we cannot use all the medications for her, she can take only few classes of medicine for symptom relief. and the preventive measures should be taken to avoid further episodes.
User :   she is also drinking plenty of water but that is not helpful
User :   ok
Doctor :   ask her to follow these steps
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1) do warm salt water gargling 2-3 times a day and especially night before dinner
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2)change her clothes and bedspreads daily or twice a day
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3) avoid dusting and cleaning work in the house, and if she is doing, then wear a mask or a kerchief over mouth and nose to avoid the dust and allergens affecting her
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4) after the dusting work, do wet mopping of floor such that the rest of it gets settled down.
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5) avoid drinking cold water and having cold food stuff for sometime.
User :   her body heat, could it be a factor ?
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6) if all these measures do not seem to help in next 2 days, then consult her gyne and go for an ENT examination to look for other causes
User :   she is not drinking cold water. she is drinking water from pot.
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it could be a factor, since there is dry cough due to the temperature change
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so she has to keep her body cool, but not take cold water, even from pot if she is using, it should be a boiled and cooled water
User :   How to overcome that heat. surprisingly it happens only in late evening.
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that is due to the temperature change, the body adapts to the heat in the afternoon, but fails to do it when its gets cooler in the evenings
Doctor :   that is why she gets symptoms during evening
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ask her to avoid taking cold water baths, she should take bath with atleast luke warm water.
Doctor :   and for the relief from cough
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give her 1 table spoon honey mixed with powdered pepper 1 pinch and tulsi leaves extract.
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this can be given in pregnancy
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and she can use this for the dry cough releif two to three times a day or 2-3 times in the evening
User :   ok. anyother home remedy
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she can take green tea made with dry ginger
User :   green tea means ? i don't know what it is
Doctor :   green tea made with tulsi and aniseed (saunf) is also helpful in controlling dry cough
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green tea means tea made with very little tea leaves or tea powder and without milk in it
User :   ok. she doesn't drink tea or cofee.
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raw turmeric with pepper boiled in milk can be taken.
Doctor :   she can chew few tulsi leaves when cough symptoms are there for instant relief
User :   ok. is there any simple remedy to soothen the throat at the moment when it happens.
Doctor :   she can also try honey with fresh grape juice.
User :   ok thanks for the instant relief suggestion
User :   ok thanks doctor. let me try your suggestions
Doctor :   the simple methods include: honey with fresh grape juice, 1 teaspoon; chew few tulsi leaves; chew a small piece of dry ginger.
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   i guess that's for now.
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User :   ok bye
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