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Remedy for cold and sneezing - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have an extremely bad closed , blocked nose, and I am sneezing from the morning, no respite , had 2 cetrizines, water is dripping off my nose, had a crocin, had one althrocin 500, there has not been any change after having those medicines . Please advise
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello Doctor
Doctor :   I am Dr. xxxx
User :   Good Evening Doctor
Doctor :   You have take better medicines
Doctor :   I think you just have to wait for a day
Doctor :   Wash your nose with warm water
Doctor :   and try to rip off the mucus from the nose
Doctor :   as frequently as possible
User :   The mucus is dripping constantly and I am sneezing continuously
Doctor :   Ok follow my advise
User :   If i lie down on the bed, the nose is blocked , I cannot sleep nor can I breathe properly
Doctor :   1) Steam inhalation with vicks, every 4 hours
Doctor :   2) Wash off the nose with warm water after the inhalation
User :   I have bought carvol, hope that would do
Doctor :   No Steam inhalation is far better with vicks
User :   ok
Doctor :   3) Sleep on the your left lateral side and to the edge of the bed
User :   ok
Doctor :   These things will be better and by night you should be alright
Doctor :   Continue the medicines for next two days
Doctor :   Do not go out of the house
Doctor :   for next one day
Doctor :   Take warm fluids as many as you can
User :   confirming the medicines - would it be althrocin 500 and cetrizine
Doctor :   More water the better you feel
Doctor :   I would not have advised Althrocin ( it is an antibiotic)
Doctor :   It is not needed
User :   what should I be taking , please advise
Doctor :   But since you started to it, you can take one tablet a day for two more days
User :   I just had one althrocin 500
Doctor :   Cetrizine, twice a day for two days
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   continue on the same
Doctor :   Did you take the prescription from Doctor
User :   I am suffereing this for some time now .
User :   I had gone to a doctor
User :   two weeks back at CMH hospital Bangalore
Doctor :   Self medication is not advised
User :   I agree, I did not have options , as I was sneezing continuously
Doctor :   Ok sneezing is because of mucus secretion irritating the nasal mucosa
Doctor :   So cleaning the secretions as frequently will not trigger the sneeze
User :   watering from teh eyes
Doctor :   Yes
User :   *the
Doctor :   Follow the same tips that I gave you
Doctor :   You will be alright
User :   I have been blowing my nose, however my forehead , eyes, and top portions of my nose are heavy
Doctor :   If you have blocked nose, Use OTRIVIN
User :   ok
Doctor :   Use only one puff when required
User :   ok
Doctor :   Not more than that
User :   ok
Doctor :   Do not use OTRIVIN for more than a day or two
User :   can you please suggest an alternative
Doctor :   for
User :   for Otrivin, Infact the previou doctor also suggested the same, I have used it for some time now , in the nights
User :   I mean two weeks back
Doctor :   Look OTRIVIN should not be used for extended time
Doctor :   as it can result in rebound rhinitis
Doctor :   So do not use OTRIVIN now
User :   So , what would you suggest as an alternative to Otrivin, for now
Doctor :   Just steam inhalation
User :   ok , do I come back to you after a couple of days
Doctor :   Come back to me on chat on Thursday
Doctor :   4th day from now if you are not getting better
User :   so let me summarize - steam inhalation , with vicks, cetrizine twice a day, and althrocin once a day
Doctor :   Steam inhalation with Vicks every 4 hours
Doctor :   Normal temperature fluids (3 litres per day)
Doctor :   Rest at home and do not go out
Doctor :   I prefer not to interfere pharmacologically
Doctor :   (medicines)
Doctor :   Right?
Doctor :   Did you follow?
User :   thank you Dr. xxxx, I will follow the above advise and will get back to you on Thursday
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   It was nice chatting with you too
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