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Common cold and cough, no fever - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I am suffering from Common cold and cough...but
User :   the thing is that its been long since I have been suffering from it .... approx 2 months
Doctor :   Ok
User :   lot of phlegm is generated and i have to clear the same regularly throughout the day..
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Due to this i feel headache quiete regularly... and the same result in inadequate sleep in night
Doctor :   Ok
User :   kindly help... and suggest remedies
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   35/M
Doctor :   Can you describe about the headaches?
Doctor :   Are the headaches more in the morning or at night?
Doctor :   Which part of the head is aching?
User :   its not too severe ... but feels like something (like phlegm) is filled in the head...
Doctor :   Can you describe the nature of the pain - is it throbbing?
User :   it increases after I clear my nose by applying pressure..
User :   yes it is sort of throbbing..
Doctor :   Which part of the head is aching?
User :   when i sit in office in AC.. as righnow... the secretion in nose as well as headache increases..
Doctor :   Ok
User :   front portion that is forehead.. and above nose portion
Doctor :   How severe is your cough, do you produce sputum with the cough?
User :   yes i do... it is due to sputum only that i cough
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Are you having fever?
User :   no
Doctor :   Or had fever during the last 2 months?
User :   yes... when i developed the cold around 2 months back
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
Doctor :   Do you have diabetes/hypertension?
User :   no ... never .. previously my cold used to last for 7 and at the most 10 days only
User :   no...
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   pl
Doctor :   There are various causes for persistent cold, but based on the description of your symptoms,
Doctor :   you are probably having sinusiitis.
User :   ok
Doctor :   which is probably worsened due to recent infection, environmental factor or allergies.
User :   ok
Doctor :   the general treatment for a sinusitits is by medical or surgical means. Since you do not have severe headaches, let me suggest you the conservative means of treating the condition.
User :   pl..
Doctor :   1. Use simple analgesics and antihistaminic medications such as Tab sinarest two tablets a day in the morning and evening for the next 5 days
User :   i have taken sinarest ... for some times max 2 days only... but not taken the same for 5 ays.
Doctor :   2. Steam inhalation will help in reducing the sinus inflammation and aid in the removal of the secretions, hence use them thrice daily.
User :   ok
Doctor :   3. Watch out for symptoms such as severe headache, fever,
Doctor :   if you notice such symptoms, you will need antibiotics.
User :   ok
Doctor :   4. Exposure to cold, and dust can precipitate nasal congestion worsening the symptoms, hence, restrict exposure to the air conditioner, use face mask while driving.
Doctor :   5. Saline nasal drops can be applied regularly to help reduce the symptoms of congestion.
User :   ok... my office is centrally air conditioned.... i can do lil in that
Doctor :   6. Expectorant syrups such as Benadryl cough syrups can be used, 1 tsp three times a day, if your cough is severe.
User :   ok
Doctor :   I can understand that you cannot do any thing while at work place, but you can restrict the use of AC while driving or at home.
Doctor :   Try those.
User :   yes....
Doctor :   7. If symptoms do not feel fine with these measures, it will be worth seeing an ENT specialist and get sinus check up - through Xrays.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Depending on the examination and Xray findings use of antibiotics ,antiinflammatory medications or therapeutic procedures can be decided.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   i have followed and noted down the medications suggested..
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   i will start the sinarest for continuously 5 days and hope that my sinusitis would be treated...
User :   no further queries doctor... Thanks a lot....
Doctor :   During sinarest, its necessary that you avoid driving after an hour following the medications.
Doctor :   You can stop the sinarest if you have symptoms of drowiness.
User :   ok.. i will take care of that...
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no doc.. thank u very much
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
Doctor :   Have a great day!
User :   Bye...
User :   same to u..
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