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Dry cough and medicines - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hi, i had questions regarding my mother(age 50)
Doctor :   Proceed.
User :   she is having dry cough, could you help me in this to what care we should take for her
Doctor :   Since when is she having this cough?
User :   since from 4 days
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is she having any associated symptoms such as fever, body aches, nasal congestion, vomiting, headache?
User :   sputum is coming rarely.
User :   no she is not having any other symptoms, she is having light cold
Doctor :   Is she having breathing difficulty?
User :   no
Doctor :   Has she had similar symptoms in the past?
Doctor :   Does she have history of diabetes, hypertension, asthma, allergies in the past?
Doctor :   Is she on any regular medications?
User :   yeah, she has cough in past but not in near past..very long back
User :   she is not diabetic, hypertension, asthama, allergies in past
Doctor :   Is she on any regular medications?
User :   she is not using any medicines
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Sudden onset dry cough occurs commonly due to 2 reasons.
Doctor :   1. An allergic cause
Doctor :   2. A viral infection of the respiratory tract.
Doctor :   Both these conditions are usually self limiting illness which usually doesn't need any medical treatment.
User :   oh!
Doctor :   However I shall suggest you few tips to help reduce the symptoms.
User :   sure pls
Doctor :   You need to understand that these measures only help in reducing the symptoms and cure is going to be gradual.
Doctor :   The measures that you can include are
Doctor :   1. She needs throat soothening agent.
Doctor :   A glass of hot water, vicks mints, nivaran are few lozenges that help in soothening the throat.
Doctor :   She can use them as and when the cough is severe.
Doctor :   2. These coughs usually tend to increase in lying down position.
Doctor :   hence when the cough is severe, sitting up or lying in an inclined position will help
Doctor :   3. There are few cough syrup which contain antihistamines such as benadryl cough syrup.
Doctor :   You can use them.
Doctor :   A teaspoon of this syrup can be used thrice daily for a week.
Doctor :   These syrups are not very effective for severe dry cough, but will help in reducing the intensity of cough.
User :   oh! i see
Doctor :   4. Avoiding exposure to dust and pollens is essential.
Doctor :   5. Let her stay indoors most of the time and keep the curtains of the window and doors closed
User :   ok
Doctor :   6. Avoid cleaning rooms, dust rooms or closets in her presence.
Doctor :   7. Regularly changing the pillow cover, bedsheets on which your mother lies will be a good step.
Doctor :   8. If symptoms are severe, there are few antitussive syrups
Doctor :   antitussive syrups will be needed.
Doctor :   Such syrups contain codeine/pholcodeine.
Doctor :   As this are opioid drugs, and you will need prescription from a doctor to avail this type of syrups.
Doctor :   Hence, if the previous measures are not helping her, or if the intensity of cough, increase, I would suggest you to consult a doctor who can prescribe you these syrups.
Doctor :   9. Lastly watch out for few symptoms such as sputum with severe sputum, sputum which is yellowish or green coloured/foul smelling, breathing discomfort, fever.
Doctor :   If you develop these symptoms you will need to see a doctor.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?'
User :   Yeah i had followed your measures. It is very clearly explained
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   it helped me to understand the cause and fundamental remidies to be taken immediately
Doctor :   Do you have any other query which I can assist you with?
User :   i dont have any other questions, thank you very much. i will follow the said measures immediately. as there is no other side symptom i will go for bendryl syrup
User :   no thank you.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Wish you and your family a Happy Festival.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   is this transcript mailed to my id!
User :   thank you and same to you
User :   thank you doctor
User :   bye
Doctor :   Give me a minute.
Doctor :   I shall guide you to help you obtain the transcript of this chat.
User :   okay sure
Doctor :   Sorry to keep you waiting.
Doctor :   Yes you can view the chat we had, by clicking on the account setting option that is seen on the top of the home page of mcafeehealthmagic.
Doctor :   You can open that page.
Doctor :   Once you open that page, there is an option of view chat.
Doctor :   You can click that and view the entire chat transcript.
Doctor :   You can also download this if you wish too.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yeah i followed. i will do that
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   no bye for now.
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