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Dry cough, breathing difficulty, home remedy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Lung and Chest disorders
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help u?
User :   hi doctor, i am 22 years of age.. since yday i have been having dry cough and today i am facing some sort of breathing problem
User :   what could be the reason and how serious is it?
Doctor :   For Health purposes please provide these: Gender, Location, Occupation, Marital status,
User :   male, student, single
User :   US
Doctor :   Do you smoke or chew tobacco/drink alcohol/Any illicit drugs/ betel nut chewing? If yes how much/how often and how long you have?
User :   well i have smoked once in my life, i do drink though
User :   at times
Doctor :   k
User :   could you provide any immediate home remedy that will provide some relief please
Doctor :   it appears that u have common cold due to the weather conditions
Doctor :   u can do is to: Doctor :   There is no cure for the common cold but managing symptoms is the best that can be done for the cold, as there is no specific treatment.
Doctor :   Water and other fluids - drinking plenty of liquids can help. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which make dehydration worse.
User :   how about breathing problem cure
Doctor :   Salt water - a saltwater gargle â?? 1/2 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water
User :   ok
User :   ok
User :   ok
Doctor :   soup does seem to help relieve cold and flu symptoms
User :   ok
Doctor :   Over-the-counter cold medication
Doctor :   cold viruses thrive in dry conditions â?? another reason why colds are more common in winter. Parched air also dries the mucous membranes, causing a stuffy nose and scratchy throat. A humidifier can add moisture to your home.
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you with?
Doctor :   It shows you have moved away from the chat, so I close the window. Please log in again if you need further medical advice.
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