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What causes sore throat,runny nose,cough and difficult breathing?

I started out with a sore throat and running nose last weekend, which progressed to a very chesty cough and difficulty breathing. There is some discomfort in my chest, but not pain as such. I saw my GP on thursday, who checked my peak flow, which was a poor 260. But my pulse and oxygen saturation was normal. I was told that I had a cold, but prescribed an asthma inhaler to help with my breathing. I have never had a cold like this before and it has been suggested to me by a family member that I may have some sort of parasite, what do you think? I am a 30 year old female and last travelled to sri lanka in August last year.
Thu, 22 Oct 2020
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Hi,

Sore throat and runny nose transforming into chesty cough and difficulty in breathing can be due to the following reasons:
- Upper respiratory tract infection and inflammation spreading to the lower respiratory tract causes as you have mentioned
- Viral cause can take a lot of time to settle
- Bacterial cause needs treatment with proper antibiotic
- In both causes you need a good anti-inflammatory and decongestant treatment
- Avoid all the instigating and enhancing factors that increase your symptoms
- Also, get investigations for X-ray chest and blood to see for any associated problems like diabetes
- Bronchodilator has already been given as inhaler, please continue
- Sometimes oral steroids may be needed for a short course

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon
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What causes sore throat,runny nose,cough and difficult breathing?

Hi, Sore throat and runny nose transforming into chesty cough and difficulty in breathing can be due to the following reasons: - Upper respiratory tract infection and inflammation spreading to the lower respiratory tract causes as you have mentioned - Viral cause can take a lot of time to settle - Bacterial cause needs treatment with proper antibiotic - In both causes you need a good anti-inflammatory and decongestant treatment - Avoid all the instigating and enhancing factors that increase your symptoms - Also, get investigations for X-ray chest and blood to see for any associated problems like diabetes - Bronchodilator has already been given as inhaler, please continue - Sometimes oral steroids may be needed for a short course Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon