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Dry cough and diarrhea

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: April 8, 2020 9:35 AM

Anonymous 8 months

Hi doctor, I am 21 years old, male. I had been travelling from Ireland to Malaysia few days ago. I reached Malaysia on 2nd of April, today is my self-quarantine day 6. I dont have any fever or breathe problem at the moment. But I had dry cough and diarrhea these few days. The diarrhea start the day after I reached here and the dry cough only started yesterday. The dry cough is just feels like there are something inside my chest or
throat. Is there any professional recommend for me? Should I go for Covid 19 screening or wait and observed for few more days?

Dr Sri Viknarajan 8 months
General Practitioner


We understand your worries especially now that we’re in the midst of coronavirus outbreak.

Prominent symptoms of Covid-19 infection are sore throat, shortness of breath, fever and cough. However, patient may also experience diarrhea. Aside from Covid-19, diarrhea may also be due to

  • Food poisoning
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Allergic reaction

As you may know, COVID-19 test are done for free by public hospital to a high risk individual whom fulfill certain criteria. Otherwise, you can opt for private testing. We also provide service home testing. To know more please the link here COVID-19 Screening At Home

Besides, you can answer this Risk Assessment for COVID-19 to evaluate your son’s health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, your son will be classified into several categories and further actions suggested will be provided according to the classification.

You may consult a MOH doctor by clicking Ask Doctor at the Ministry of Health website (COVID-19 Portal) to ask any health issues related to COVID-19 starting from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

After 5.00 pm till 12.00 am, please direct your enquiries to our DoctorOnCall website at this link DoctorOnCall Tanya.

Thank you.

Last Updated: Wed Apr 08 2020 09:35:06 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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