Colds, Cough With Phlegm, Fever At Night And Tightness?

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Hi, I’m Ana, 30 years old. I have been coughing a cold for a few days, but it’s not like usual. What is different is the color of the sputum, usually yellow but now clear white, the nose is also more sensitive, often sneezing when the air is cold or there is little dust. The cough is not too severe, I mean don’t really want to cough. It’s just that when the night and body position is sleeping his breath sounds and feels tight as if sputum is blocked. But when you wake up it’s not too crowded. So it really disturbs my sleep. What do you think this is? Is it sinusitis or bronchitis? Or what?

1 Answer:

Hello Yuliana,

Thank you for the question.

Coughs and colds with clear white phlegm, accompanied by sneezing and shortness of breath when appearing primarily when exposed to cold or dust, are likely to indicate an allergic reaction. This allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly considers contact between the body and a foreign substance as dangerous, when in fact it is not. As a result, inflammation will occur in the respiratory system, such as rhinitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, and bronchitis, which can make sufferers cough, runny nose, sneeze, and shortness of breath.

In addition to allergies, your complaints can also arise due to other triggers, such as irritation, foreign body aspiration, viral or bacterial infections, asthma, immune disorders, stomach acid reflux, the influence of drugs, and so on.

If it disrupts sleep, your complaint is best handled. However, if the tightness that appears only mild, you should not panic. Considering the current condition, where COVID-19 (a disease due to Corona virus infection) is spreading, it seems safer for you to stay at home, unless a very severe complaint arises. At home, the following natural handling steps you can do first:

 Use a mask while still coughing, runny nose, and sneezing Diligent bathing with warm water Wash your hands with soap and clean running water Keep your environment clean, away from dust, animal hair, and other substances that can trigger allergies Use air humidifier for air Do not dry, do not use air conditioning or excessive fan Do not eat cold and oily foods Regularly exercise and rest enough so that the immune system remains excellent Do not take any medicine without a doctor's advice It's just that, if the tightness you feel is getting heavier, or when it appears vomiting, high fever for more than 3 days, wheezing, if you have been in contact with sufferers of COVID-19, and if you have ever traveled or contacted people who have traveled to an area with an outbreak of COVID-19, then it is better for you to be vigilant and have a direct check-up yourself You go to the doctor or doctor of internal medicine so that further solutions are given ...

I hope this helps.

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