Cough and Cold

Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
President, Heart Care Foundation of India 

*Cough and cold are common in winter and should not be ignored.
*Throat pain without cough is usually bacterial in origin and needs medical attention.
*Soar throat with cough is viral in origin and requires no antibiotics.
*A red-angry looking throat is a dangerous sign and needs urgent medical attention.
*Do not give aspirin for fever in children.
*Warm saline gargles can be effective in soar throat.
*Cough not responding to treatment can be due to acidity.
*Cough can be the only sign of asthma.
*One should not cough in handkerchief or in the fist or in hand.
*One should always cough on the side sleeves of the shirt.
*A person who is coughing should stay 3-6 feet away from other persons.
*People who are coughing should not be allowed to go in crowded places.
*Cough syrups, whether Ayurvedic, allopathic or homoeopathic, may be effective.
*Cough lasting for more than two weeks should not ignored.
*No vitamin or herbal products have been shown conclusively to reduce the incidence of common cold.
*Saline nasal wash is good for common cold.
*In the absence of secondary bacterial infection, no antibiotics are required in common cold.
*Vitamin E prophylaxis does not help in prevention of common cold.