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Cold and cough at very high frequency - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
Doctor :   How can I help you today?
User :   Hi doctor
User :   I have a small problem. I tend to get cold and cough at a very high frequency
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   How often do you get this problem?
User :   once in 5-6 weeks
Doctor :   how long have you had this problem?
User :   last 3-4 months
Doctor :   do you have throat pain/ fever with this?
User :   sometimes with fever other times with throat irritation
Doctor :   any headache or sneezng?
User :   no head ache but sneezing is quite high
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Where are you currently?
Doctor :   How old are you/ what work do you do?
Doctor :   Have you ever had this problem anytime before?
User :   as a kid i used to have mild asthama and frequent bouts of cold.
Doctor :   do you have any other health problems/ like e.g asthma
Doctor :   ok
User :   yes
Doctor :   because of the combination of cold/ pollution
User :   ok
Doctor :   Do you have any breathing difficulty when you get the colds?
User :   sometimes there is breating difficulty
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :, Have you been physcically examined by a doctor?
Doctor :   are you on any medication?
Doctor :   for the colds as of now..
User :   no medication... last month i had visited a doctor for cold and viral infection
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   there are a few things you should know
Doctor :   Asthma is basically an allergic reaction
User :   yes
Doctor :   your airway is more sensitive to pollutants
Doctor :   and cold weather
User :   ok
Doctor :   This combination of the cold weather and pollution has been causing this problem over the past few months
Doctor :   The problem might reduce or even go away
User :   ok
Doctor :   once winter is over
Doctor :   It may recurr seasonally
Doctor :   you can take a few precautions
User :   ok
Doctor :   to minimise the problem
Doctor :   How is your appetite?
Doctor :   do you eat well
Doctor :   or frequently miss meals..
User :   yes i eat well
Doctor :   Keep yourself warm always
Doctor :   Drink plenty of water- atleast 2 ltrs per day - plain water
User :   ok
Doctor :   this keeps your airway secretions watery
Doctor :   reducing irritation
User :   someone told me to drink only hot water
Doctor :   Buy an air mask, this will give you protection in sevrely polluted areas
Doctor :   if you visit them
Doctor :   warm/hot or room temp water only
User :   ok
Doctor :   avoid any food that is refrigirated
Doctor :   Allergy is something that can only be controlled
User :   ok
Doctor :   You can also do breathing exercises, which will give
Doctor :   you good relief for the asthma
Doctor :   the main thing to remember
Doctor :   is to keep yourself warm and protect from dust/pollutants
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
User :   no i dont smke... also how do i learn breathing exercises
Doctor :   You can learn them on the yoga channels- research has showed that they help
User :   ok
Doctor :   DO you carry an inhaler/ emergency medication for breathing difficulty?
User :   no
Doctor :   When you go to a doctor for a physical exam
Doctor :   the next time
Doctor :   pls let him know abt your h/o asthma
User :   ok
Doctor :   He will guide you on the appropriate medication that you might need.
User :   right
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can Help you with?
Doctor :   If you need anything else pls get in touch again
User :   Thats about it doctor. Thanks a lot for your help and advise. I will make sure I adhere to your suggestions.
Doctor :   Bye and have XXXXXXXX day
User :   I will definitely get in touch. Thanks very much.
User :   You too. Bye
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