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Got cold, nose choked, headache. What should i do? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2013
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User:hi this is XXXXX
Doctor:Please proceed with your query
User:got cold
User:nostrils completely choked up and also headache with it
User:and due to this don't get proper sleep
Doctor:Ok. Have you taken any medicines so far?
User:this is going on for past 2 days
User:No not taken any medicines
User:Was using OTRIVIN nasal drops
Doctor:Did it help?
User:to clear my blocked nostrils
User:just for some time it helped and then nostrils got blocked again
User:any suggestions would be really appreciated
Doctor:Is there yellow or greenish phlegm being produced?
User:only water comes out
User:sometimes slimy water
Doctor:Alright. This is probably a viral upper respiratory tract infection
User:no yelowish or grenish phelgm
User:any medicines for the same?
Doctor:Good. Here is what you can do.
User:please tell me
Doctor:First for the headache take Paracetamol 10mg/kg bodyweight.
Doctor:You can take it upto thrice a day if required.
Doctor:Steam inhalation with either Vicks or Eucalyptus oil three times a day
Doctor:This will help clear your nostrils.
Doctor:Drink plenty of fluids
Doctor:And before bed preferably take a hot drink
User:just wanted to inform you i get headache specially when I remove the slimy liquid out from my nose
User:and sometimes it comes out lot also
User:currently my situation is that both my nostrils are choked up and having headache
User:will take paracetamol now
Doctor:It would take about 5 days to a week for a viral infection to settle
Doctor:So don't worry.
User:any other medicine for inhaling
Doctor:It is important to eat well and take plenty of fluids
User:i do drink a lot of water
User:also to inform you
User:my job timings are night shifts
Doctor:The ones I've mentioned will help.
User:so i sleep mostly whole day
User:and don't have lunch
User:its only on saturday and sunday i have lunch
User:but i do have dinner
Doctor:well when you have a viral infection like this it is important not to skip meals
Doctor:Sleep with your head slightly raised. That will also help.
User:also one more query
User:since my job is at night
User:i do sleep in mornin
User:but somehow i feel my sleep does not get completed
User:i still feel sleepy at night when I am at work
User:any suggestions for this?
Doctor:Well you might have to miss a meal given your work schedule,
Doctor:But try getting 8 hours uninterrupted sleep
User:when slept, I do get up in between sometimes
User:and later somehow able to sleep
User:but i feel my sleep does not get completed
Doctor:Close the doors, windows, and switch of lights so as to minimize disturbance
User:i do that everyday
Doctor:I think you can take a few days off till you recover from your cold
User:yes I did take off today.
Doctor:Rest is very important when suffering from cold.
User:should I continue using Otrivin?
Doctor:Well follow these measures and you should get well soon.
User:sure doctor I will follow this measures
Doctor:Yes, you can continue to use it.
User:any other inhalation medicine other than steam with vicks or eucalyptus juice?
Doctor:Eucalyptus oil
User:will get that then.
User:thank you doctor for the help
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