Dry Cough & Sometimes Cough With Phlegm
Doc, I’m an active smoker u0026amp; Within 2 to 3 days I started experiencing a Dry Cough and Sometimes a Cough with phlegm when I woke up, but did not have a fever or shortness of breath, related to the spread of Covid Virus 19 Are my symptoms including symptoms of the Covid Virus 19?
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The existence of smoking habits that you live up to now, and now you feel complaints of dry cough or phlegm without fever accompanied in 2-3 days, then these complaints may be caused by your smoking habits and your stamina which begins to decrease due to physical fatigue or lack of sleep. Although the symptoms of cough are one of the symptoms of Covid-19 Virus infection, but not all patients with cough must be caused by Covid-19 virus infection.
Cough patients who are suspected of being infected with the Covid-19 virus are when accompanied by complaints of other comorbidities and other risk factors that provide a high likelihood of the virus entering the patient. And the nature of cough in patients with Corona virus infection is more inclined to dry cough and the nature of cough is not like the usual cough felt. However, the nature of the stone is difficult to be a reference covid-19 infection. For reference covid-19 diagnosis is early detection of covid symptoms, risk factors and swab and / or blood test results.
Some indicators of early detection of Covid-19 virus infection based on symptoms and risk factors are:
Fever more than 38 degrees Celsius
The cause of pain does not currently know the exact cause
Out of breath
There is a history, i.e. 14 days previously had contact with a suspicious patient with Covid-19 or a positive patient with Covid-19
There is a history, i.e. 14 days previously had traveled far or out of town / abroad where the area was a local transmission area that had been determined by the Ministry of Health or an authorized organization
So, based on the indicators above, where you do not experience complaints of fever, spasms, and do not undergo contact and travel, then the complaint you feel does not lead to Covid-19 infection. Your complaint may be triggered by several other medical conditions, such as:
Bronchitis or inflammation of the pulmonary tubes
GERD or gastric acid rise to the esophagus
Because some of the medical conditions above give a complaint that is almost the same that is a cough complaint that you feel, it is necessary to evaluate directly by your doctor. The doctor will conduct an examination to ascertain the cause of this complaint. Furthermore, the management will be given according to the cause.
Since you are still under the vigilance of Covid-19 infection, you should consult via telephone and / or online, unless your doctor asks you to come in person for a physical examination. The doctor will carry out further examinations if needed. Furthermore, supervision, treatment and recommendations will be provided by your doctor to assist your recovery.
Furthermore, although the possibility of Covid-19 infection is small, however, as well as several things you still need to pay attention to:
Avoid sleeping late, so your body recovers soon
Inadequate nutritious food and healthy drinks
Silence and social distancing at home to restore stamina and endurance
Take a break from all physical activity to prevent physical fatigue
Avoid activities outside the home, so stay quiet at home until your condition improves and the area around you declared safe
Get into the habit of doing good personal hygiene such as bathing, washing your hands regularly, and using a mask if you cough even at home
Use hand sanitizer as an alternative if it is difficult to find soap and water
Do light exercise at home
If complaints increase and are accompanied by complaints of cough, fever more than 38 degrees celsius and / or shortness of breath, immediately go to the provincial hospital or city hospital where you live or call 119
So you should stay safe against the possibility of Covid-19 infection, and this effort is still carried out in a reasonable effort and hope that your health condition will also recover soon.
Thus the info we can convey.