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Date : 07-Jul-2014
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User:Hello Doctor
User:I am suffering with cough for the past 1 week
User:Have taken cough syrup but its not helping
Doctor:Is it a dry cough or do you produce sputum with the cough?
Doctor:What other symptoms you have?
User:There is sputum as well doctor
Doctor:Are you there?
Doctor:Can you describe the sputum - how much sputum you produce, its colour, consistency (thick or watery), presence of foul smell from it, is it more in the morning or evening/night?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:I got disconnected doctor
User:Its consistent through out the day doctor
Doctor:Can you answer my questions?
User:its thick and yellow doctor
User:its slightly foul smelling doctor
User:morning and night its more intense doctor
Doctor:Is it mild or moderate in amount?
Doctor:What other symptoms you have besides this cough?
User:Mild doctor
User:and no other symptoms doctor
Doctor:How is your appetite?
Doctor:Are you losing weight?
User:No doctor
User:appetite remains same
Doctor:Have you seen a doctor?
Doctor:Do you have past history of diabetes, high blood pressure, COPD, bronchial asthma?
User:Not seen a doctor yet
User:just taking himalayan cough syrup
User:Slight high BP doctor
Doctor:From your previous chat details, I see you had a discussion about pulmonary artery hypertension. Please confirm if this is your condition?
User:That is with my Partner doctor
Doctor:Let me brief you now.
User:yes Doctor
Doctor:Cough is definitely a disturbing symptom. But by itself it is it not always concerning.
Doctor:We look at other features to explain the type and cause.
Doctor:Your description is not consistent with any of the known causes.
User:okay Doctor
Doctor:In such cases, I need to ausculate your lungs to determine the causes and its treatment.
Doctor:Since you have not seen a doctor yet,
Doctor:I urge you to visit a physician.
User:Okay doctor
Doctor:He should examine the chest and if needed will test the sputum sample before prescribing the right treatment.
Doctor:In the meanwhile, I would start you on expectorants syrup forumla such as benadryl or ascoril.
Doctor:I encourage you to cough and spit the sputum out every time.
User:this will clear the cought doctor?
Doctor:Expectorants are formulas that help in coughing out mucous secrections from the lung.
Doctor:Since you said you are having a slight foul smell sputum,
Doctor:this will help in bring it out.
Doctor:Please note that you might be coughing a little more initially after starting expectorants.
Doctor:Besides the expectorants, you may or may not need other treatment
User:Thank you Doctor
Doctor:which can be determined only after a chest examination +/- X-ray +/- sputum test.
Doctor:Do you have any questions?
User:Thats all for now doctor
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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