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Suggest treatment for upper respiratory tract infection

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Posted on Mon, 4 May 2015
Question: I have asthma and take lots of meds but I have a cold now with post nasal drip I think causing a dry cough. My ribs are starting to hurt from coughing.
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Answered by Dr. Rakesh Madhyastha (19 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Upper respiratory tract infection

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thanks for the query

Cough with post nasal drip indicates you have an upper respiratory infection. Here is how you should go about it

1. Tab Fexofenadine twice daily for 5 days, it will settle down the cough and cold
2. Steam inhalations three times a day
3. Tab Paracetamol/Acetaminophen three times a day for the chest pain
4. Since you do not have fever I would not want to start antibiotics right away
5. Avoid smoking
6. Make sure you have warm food and beverages, avoid cold food and beverages until you are better
7. Take adequate rest

Shortness of breath when you cough is because you are having cold and chest pain is very common when someone has cough

I hope I was of help, if you have any further queries please get back to me

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Rakesh Madhyastha (8 minutes later)
I take Zyflo CR 600 for my asthma, so Fexofenadine may be too much allergy medicines , no ?
I also take Veramist and Symbicort.
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Answered by Dr. Rakesh Madhyastha (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thanks for getting back

What exactly do mean by 'too much allergy' medicine? Another alternative to Fexofenadine would be tab levocetrizine twice daily.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Rakesh Madhyastha (3 minutes later)
Isnt the Zyflo CR an allergy medecine ?
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Answered by Dr. Rakesh Madhyastha (1 minute later)
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello

Zileuton is a leukotriene inhibitor, but one gets common cold anti histaminic is more apt. So it is true that Zyflo is an anti allergy medication but it is more useful in asthma

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: Upper respiratory tract infection Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for the query Cough with post nasal drip indicates you have an upper respiratory infection. Here is how you should go about it 1. Tab Fexofenadine twice daily for 5 days, it will settle down the cough and cold 2. Steam inhalations three times a day 3. Tab Paracetamol/Acetaminophen three times a day for the chest pain 4. Since you do not have fever I would not want to start antibiotics right away 5. Avoid smoking 6. Make sure you have warm food and beverages, avoid cold food and beverages until you are better 7. Take adequate rest Shortness of breath when you cough is because you are having cold and chest pain is very common when someone has cough I hope I was of help, if you have any further queries please get back to me Regards