How to treat a cough if you get a coronavirus and can you take antibiotics?

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The rapid spread of omicron has caused global concern. Current data suggest that omicron causes a milder clinical picture, but nevertheless, care should be taken because although it causes mild symptoms, omicron can lead to some respiratory complications.

Dr. Pavan Jadav states that omicron causes milder cold-like symptoms, the most common of which are fever, cough, runny nose, and body aches. However, the doctor calls for attention, especially in those people who have comorbidities, who are older or taking some immunosuppressants.

Dr. Render Saini says that we should not relax too much despite the mild symptoms.

"It is too early to predict how serious this variant is," he added.

Cough - the most common symptom of all variants

Covid-19 is a respiratory disease that can cause a wide range of symptoms, from mild to moderate. In some cases, it can cause a more severe clinical picture that can result in hospitalization or death.

Dr. Saini states that omicron mostly affects the upper respiratory system and causes sore and inflamed throat, as well as cough. Dry cough is the most common symptom of covid-19, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet. Between 60 and 70 per cent of symptomatic patients infected with SARS-Cov-2 report a dry cough as the initial symptom of the disease.

Persistent cough can be very unpleasant. Dr. Saini explains that coughing is a mechanism by which the body tries to clear the airways of certain irritants.

It is the body's natural defenses to suppress irritants such as mucus, pollen, smoke or allergens. Fortunately, there are a number of ways, both medical and natural, that can relieve cough.
Dr. Saini explains that persistent and persistent cough can be treated with gargle, antiallergic drugs prescribed by a doctor and the like.

In addition, it is crucial to get plenty of fluids so that the patient does not become dehydrated, as well as many nutrients. But in more severe cases, doctors recommend drugs such as inhalers / decongestant lozenges, but only when prescribed by a doctor.

Should antibiotics be taken?

Covid-19 is a viral disease and it is important to emphasize that antibiotics do not work on viral infections. Antibiotics are effective in treating secondary bacterial infections, he emphasizes Dr. Jadav.

So, antibiotics are not used to treat covid-19 and other viral diseases. Excessive use of antibiotics means an antibiotic when it is not needed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between one-third and one-half the use of antibiotics is unnecessary or inappropriate.

Excessive use of antibiotics can create resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. Due to constant contact with antibiotics, the bacterium becomes more resistant and learns to adapt.

In addition, antibiotics can cause certain side effects, including dizziness, vomiting, fungal infections, and in severe cases, allergic reactions, shortness of breath, and more.

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