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Coughing, itching throat, breathlessness, head and chest pain. Is it allergy?

hi my name is AAAAAAA ive been coughing none stop for the past 3 days my throat itches, i feel like i cant breathe, my head and chest hurt. it could just be allergies but its never been this bad before. is there anything i can take to get better soon that is pregnant friendly (im not sure if im pregnant yet)?
Asked On : Fri, 16 Mar 2012
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Hello dear
Thanks for your query

Did you have such episodes before?
Do you have episodes of wheezing and breathing difficulty since birth?
How did this episode start ?
Are you having associated fever ?
How long this episode of breathlessness continues? or is it whole day ?

Dont neglect and get a checkup from your doctor. You will need the lung function tests, blood investigations and chest radiograph done.Culture sensitivity test of throat swab may be needed if its respiratory tract infection.

Do warm saline gurgling 4 times daily for 5 days
take steam inhalation 4 times daily for a week
take Vit C 500 mg tablet once daily for a week
have plenty of fluids
take levocetrizine 5mg twice daily for 5 days [levocetrizine is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known .]
Take paracetamol500mg twice daily for 3 days and thereafter sos

for breathing difficulty you may need salbutamol inhalation during acute attacks but its category C drug so proper data regarding its safety in pregnancy is not available.

You may need antibiotics if you are having respiratory tract or lung infection.

So go get a check up from a chest specialist.Dont self medicate.
Hope this helps.
Take care.

Answered: Fri, 12 Oct 2012
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