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Cough and dry throat

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: July 18, 2020 12:58 PM

Anonymous 3 months

Good day doctors. I am a female in my 20’s. Recently, I noticed that I suddenly had dry cough in the middle of the sleep. Although I don’t cough all the time (only from time to time), my throat becomes so dry even if I drink at least 3.5l water per day. Besides, I also noticed tiredness, and my neck and knee are have some aching too. Moreover, my breathing path (inside my nose) feels dry as well. Additionally, my gum seems like a bit swollen, and I sneeze from time to time. I have read online that people said growing pimples on right cheek means having problem with your lungs, and I recently grew quite a few pimples on my right cheek, which I feel so worried about it.
However, I don’t have symptoms like fever, and I have never contacted any confirmed patients on purpose. I did went to many public places like park, restaurants, shopping malls, and yoga center as well.
Can doctors please clear my doubts and should I perform a covid test? Thank you very much.

Dr Sashini Seeni 3 months
General Practitioner


I understand you have been having dry cough. You may answer the quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19 to evaluate your health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, you will be classified into several categories. According to WHO, the common symptoms of COVID-19 infection are:

  • Fever (more than 37.5 degrees celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sorethroat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

Besides COVID-19 infection, symptoms of cough can be caused by other health problems such as:

  • Other bacterial or viral infection
  • Tonsillitis
  • Throat infection
  • Tuberculosis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

In order for us to provide you with an accurate choice of treatment and management, we need additional details to explore further into your current complaints. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor. The need for you to perform COVID-19 test depends on your risk. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you to continue being careful and practice good hygiene especially when out in public as this pandemic is not over. You may also click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. Thank you.

Last Updated: Sat Jul 18 2020 12:58:17 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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