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Sometimes, cough and colds go hand-in-hand. This normally occurs in cases of allergy. This is the reason why there are several cough formulations available in the market that can also be used to suppress the accompanying cold, and vice versa. Coughs and colds are normally present during an episode of flu. For more information on coughs and colds, see separate entries.
Excessive phlegm or secretions due to a respiratory infection or disease.
What you can do
- Sudden, unintended expulsion of air from the lungs with an explosive noise that is accompanied by phlegm. It is also accompanied by mucus from the nasal passage.
What your doctor can do for you
- Drink plenty of fluids, particularly hot fluids, to keep the air passages moist. Hot liquid, e.g. chicken soup, also acts as decongestant.
- Inhale steam to loosen nasal congestion and ease mucus expulsion.
- Blow your nose frequently, blocking only one nostril at a time to avoid the nasal secretions from being forced into the sinuses and the middle ear and infecting them.
- Consult a doctor if both cough and cold are severe and persists for more than a week.
- Examine you thoroughly. He may want to take x-rays of your chest and sinuses.
- Determine the cause and treat it.
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