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Prone to cold and cough, there is mucous in the throat. How to get rid of it? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 04-Jun-2013
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User:hi doc.
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:how r u
Doctor:I am fine; thank you.
Doctor:How may I help you?
User:i am more prone to cold & cough
User:and every morning there is this mucus in the throat.
User:wht can i do to get myself rid of this mucus.
Doctor:May I know your age and since when you experiencing these symptoms?
User:i am 35 male
Doctor:Since when you having this symptom?
User:and i am having this since quite a few years now..
User:may be almost 4 to 5 yrs
Doctor:Have you seen a doctor for this problem?
User:i was taking ayurvedic medicines
User:which really helped me in reducing it
User:but it is not going completely....
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:Cold and cough with early morning mucous in the throat are caused by numerous causes located in the nose, sinuses and stomach.
Doctor:Allergies, sinusitis, laryngopharngeal reflux and reflux esophagitis are different condition that can cause your symptoms.
Doctor:Without a proper clinical examination and investigations
User:so then what would you suggest
Doctor:it is not possible to pinpoint the cause.
User:is there any test that you want to suggest.
Doctor:You will need few investigations such as complete blood count, X-ray nose and sinuses followed by endoscopy if required.
Doctor:The test can be done through an ENT specialist
Doctor:therefore, the next step is to consult a specialist nearby.
Doctor:Once a cause is determined we can plan a treatment accordingly.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:will consult the same & will get back to you.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
User:one more question
User:this is for my mom.
User:As i understand that after 30 yrs body doesnt absorb calcium.
User:what can be a way out...she is 50+ and has osteoporosis
Doctor:Calcium absorption and metabolism is influenced by multiple reason.
User:what can be done so that calcium gets absorbed in the body and stops osteoporosis
Doctor:One of the prime reason in elderly is menopause
Doctor:that is cessation of period induces hormonal changes
Doctor:which inturn affect calcium metabolism.
User:so wht would be suggest for a treatment of osteoporosis
Doctor:If bones are not affected severely, she can consume calcium supplements.
Doctor:If bones are also affected (detected on bone scan) she may need other form of treatment.
Doctor:Is she taking any supplements?
User:yeah she is doing it...but also what are the supplements tht should be taken along with calcium for complete absorbtion in the body.,,, this is for age after 30
Doctor:Let me put across this in this way.
Doctor:1. In your mother who is above 50 years, calcium levels can be persistently low due to hormonal changes.
Doctor:Hence the treatment is continued use of calcium supplements and if needed hormone replacement therapy.
Doctor:2. In a person under 30 years of age, the cause may be different.
Doctor:If the levels are low, vitamin D levels also need to be checked.
Doctor:Treatment will be calcium tablets with or without vitamin D supplement.
Doctor:other associated cause if any needs to be treated also.
User:any particular natural food that you would suggest in this case
Doctor:So in simple terms, for your mother who is 50+ years, simple calcium supplement every day and food will do.
Doctor:For others we also need to know the cause.
User:any particular natural food that you would suggest in this case
Doctor:Calcium XXXXXXX food are present in milk, dairy products, egg, meat and non vegetarian diet. Among vegetarians, green leaves, whole grains, nuts, seeds, etc.
Doctor:Please make sure these food forms part of her diet regularly.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:yes doc.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:just to summarise.
Doctor:I'll summarize it for you.
User:Calcium XXXXXXX food are present in milk, dairy products, egg, meat and non vegetarian diet. Among vegetarians, green leaves, whole grains, nuts, seeds, etc.................when had regularly, does the body absorb the calcium completely even after the age of 30
Doctor:For proper calcium absorption and metabolism body needs vitamin D and parathormone - a hormone secreted by parathyroid glands.
Doctor:If both these are normal then
Doctor:Yes, regular use of calcium XXXXXXX food will prevent calcium deficiency and osteoporosis.
User:ok. thanks doc
User:for your valuable time and advice.
Doctor:Hence most doctors look for vitamin D and parathormone levels in young patients with calcium deficiency.
Doctor:Hope it is clear to you.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:No. doc.
User:Thanks once again.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
User:bye and take care. God bless
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