Fever, Sore Throat, Runny Nose, Dizziness, Cough, To Shortness Of Breath?

HealthReplies.com, I am a 17 year old female student. It has been about 4 days since I had a fever. At first it was just a normal sore throat like if I wanted a cold, then at that time I was determined to drink ice. Then at night I immediately had a cold, congestion, dizziness, and my body was hot. The next morning I had a cold with a cough. Then I bought a phlegm cough medicine containing Succus Liquiritiae extract, Ammonium Chloride and Alcohol. But the medicine is not the medicine that I usually buy, which is herbal based. Then after taking the medicine I felt my cough intensify and was even accompanied by shortness of breath. And to make matters worse, when coughing, the stomach and chest ache. According to the doctor, my disease is normal or needs more treatment? and what is the cause? Is it because I am taking drugs that are not as usual? Thanks.

1 Answer:

Hi Lutfiayu,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Fever, sore throat, runny nose, dizziness, cough, to shortness of breath most likely indicate that you are experiencing an acute respiratory infection. If you feel a sensation of tightness that is strong enough, this infection may involve deeper respiratory organs, for example bronchitis (inflammation of the airways leading to the lungs) or pneumonia (inflammation of the lung parenchyma). However, it is also possible that this infection occurs in the upper respiratory tract, for example rhinosinusitis (inflammation of the nasal cavity and sinuses), tonsillopharyngitis (inflammation of the tonsils and throat), and so on.

This respiratory tract infection can trigger the release of various chemical mediators that can trigger pain in various parts of the body. In addition, a cough that is repeated and too loud can cause the abdominal muscles, chest, and diaphragm to contract so violently that it can cause intense pain that is felt especially when coughing.

The aggravation of the complaints you are experiencing at this time can occur purely from the course of the infection. Providing inappropriate management can also trigger negative effects, such as allergies or increased stomach acid, which can actually exacerbate complaints.

Therefore, considering that complaints have appeared for more than 3 days, it is better if you visit the doctor directly at the nearest health facility so that the best treatment can be given. If a severe infection is suspected, the doctor will usually perform additional tests, namely blood tests, sputum tests, or X-rays if needed. This examination can help rule out the possibility of dangerous diseases that can also trigger your complaint.

In the meantime, you should get more rest and reduce activities that are too dense first. Drink lots of warm water and also vegetables and fruit so that inflammation in the airways subsides. Use a mask to protect yourself from inhaling harmful foreign particles. Don't overdo it with spicy, oily, artificial sweeteners, and cold foods. Avoid cigarettes as well as their smoke, pollution, and other irritants. In order for fever and body aches to subside, you can take paracetamol medicine first before seeing a doctor.

Hope this helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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