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Ya, I have contracted a post holiday cold that includes a

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hiya, I have contracted a nasty post holiday cold that includes a rough sounding cough which leaves a strange, metallic taste in mouth
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

I am sorry that your question was unanswered for long.

This may need a course of antibiotic like Amoxicillin or Azithromicin; especially if this is going on for more than 7 days. A rough sounding cough, causing metallic taste is likely due to bacterial infection. If you have fever and/or bodyache or progression of severity of cough; consider consulting your primary care physician. Otherwise you may take over the counter cough expectorant.

Symptoms of viral infections usually resolve in 5 days or less.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

Hope you are doing good.

Your symptoms were suggestive of either bronchitis or sinusitis. Any of these going on for more that 5-7 days will need a course of antibiotic. Treatment of sinusitis (majority of them are good for bronchitis too) are;

1) Nasal steroid; decrease inflammation and open up obstruction.

2) Oral decongestants such as pseudoephedrine are often helpful.

3) Topical decongestant for short duration.

4) Antihistamines; use only if allergic.

5) Steam vaporizer

6) Eucalyptus oil may help

7) Nasal saline irrigation

8) Vitamin C

9) Antibiotics; only if nasal culture is positive and there are signs in CT scan.

For treating it naturally; steam inhalation, nasal saline water (salt water) irrigation (can be done by Neti-pot), Vitamin C, Eucalyptus oil inhalation can be done. Following can increase the body immunity so help in overcoming the sinus infection;

1) Omega 3; Fish oil capsule and flaxseed oil capsule.

2) Ginkgo Biloba

3) Zinc 30 mg.

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