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I've had a cold with clear nasal and expectorant discharge

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I've had a cold with...
I've had a cold with clear nasal and expectorant discharge for 12 days. When should I see a MD, I hae mild
JA: Do you have a fever? Do you have any other existing medical conditions?
Customer: no. I have mild
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have mild COPD and my cough is still productive
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. Scott, Doctor replied 1 year ago
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Hi there,

What are you coughing up?

What have you tried?

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Doctor: Dr. Scott, Doctor replied 1 year ago

What COPD medications are you taking?

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Doctor: Dr. Scott, Doctor replied 1 year ago

If you have not tried anything, you should start with an antihistamine such as Zyrtec or Allegra. Antihistamine will help keep your nasal passages dry.

You can also try nasal saline spray which will help your nasal passages drain.

You can try Sudafed which will also help dry up your sinuses.

Warm showers and a steamer will help break up the mucus.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
robitussen dm max strength 3-4 x/day
I only use my atroprium inhaler prn no other meds
Doctor: Dr. Scott, Doctor replied 1 year ago

If you are not having any fevers or chills, you should try to above regimen.

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Doctor: Dr. Scott, Doctor replied 1 year ago

It take most viral infections about 14 -20 days to clear up completely.

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Doctor: Dr. Scott, Doctor replied 1 year ago

If you are still having symptoms after 16 days, you should schedule an appointment with you primary care doctor.

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Doctor: Dr. Scott, Doctor replied 1 year ago

Almost all nasal infections will clear up without antibiotics.

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Doctor: Dr. Scott, Doctor replied 1 year ago

You should also use a neti pot.

Smoking, alcohol, and caffeine can prolong your infection.

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Doctor: Dr. Scott, Doctor replied 1 year ago

The most important treatment will be saline nasal spray and antihistamines. Tylenol is also very effective.

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Doctor: Dr. Scott, Doctor replied 1 year ago

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