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I have had a heavy cold for a couple of weeks now ,the cold

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I have had a heavy cold for a couple of weeks now ,the cold has cleared up but the chest infection is proving to be very difficult. I work away from home so seeing my doctor won’t be possible for another month
Assistant: Do you have a fever? Do you have any other existing medical conditions?
Customer: No ,no fever and no other conditions
Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.Sumanth replied 6 months ago.
Hi...Welcome to Just Answer. I am Dr. Sumanth Amperayani and I am here to help you today. I have 14 years of experience in the field of Medicine at a tertiary care referral hospital. I will do my level best to alleviate your health concern. I am currently reviewing your question. I will be back in a moment to guide you further.
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Expert:  Dr.Sumanth replied 6 months ago.
Hello... I understand your concern.
I need some more information please.
1. How many days per month do you cough or feel breathless?
2. How many nights per month does your sleep get disturbed due to above symptoms?
3. Do you feel breathless when exerting or exercising?
4. Are the symptoms aggravated when there are seasonal changes?
5. Is there any family history of asthma or any other sort of allergies like skin allergy etc.?
6. Does spicy food or heavy meal aggravate your symptoms?
7. Do you have mouth breathing and snoring at night?
8. Which is most predominant symptoms - cough / breathlessness / runny nose / blocked nose?9.What is your profession please?
Please get back to me with the above information so that I can guide you better.
Kind regards ***** ***** Sumanth Amperayani
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Coughing daily,loose sleep nightly,do not get breathless,no family history,no snoring,predominant cough,work in an office.
Expert:  Dr.Sumanth replied 6 months ago.
By what you say I feel that you have moderate persistent asthma as per GINA guidelines and international recommendations and classification.
It is classical to present intermittently like this.
My suggestions for you -
1. Oral Prednisolone at 20mg thrice a day dose for 2 - 3 days.
2. Inhalers are the newest management strategies for this. I suggest the use of Formoterol+Budesonide metered dose inhaler (100mcg) 4 puffs twice a day through a spacer and this is for regular use for 2 weeks and then you can taper down to 3 puffs twice a day for another 2 weeks and then stabilize at 2 puffs twice a day to continue. Another metered dose inhaler is Levosalbutamol and this can used as rescue therapy whenever you are having severe cough in spite of regular usage of Budesonide- Formoterol. The technique is very important and very crucial for the drug to be delivered correctly to the lungs. Regularity of medicine usage also matters a lot. So do not discontinue abruptly after you notice some improvement. The technique of administering an inhaler using a spacer has to be taught to you by your doctor and these are prescription medicines. So I suggest you consult your physician for this.
3. Tablet Monteleukast 10mg once a day in the evening at 6pm daily for 3 months.
4. Triggers can be environmental changes/ dust/ talcum powder/ seasonal changes/ un-cleaned a/c vents/ cold weather etc....we cannot specifically say this is the cause - unless we observe closely - best person is yourself.
5. You will require a spirometry.The other option is Post viral bronchitis please.
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Expert:  Dr.Sumanth replied 6 months ago.

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