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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 44 years experience
Inflammed : Reactive lymph nodes are usually swollen and or tender from allergy or infection. After treatment for the primary cause of the reaction, the reactive lymph nodes resolve and the swelling and or tenderness resolves.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: Always drink moderately and responsibly. Although Allegra (fexofenadine) usually does not produce sedation be cautious with alcohol when taking Allegra (fexofenadine) for allergic rhinitis.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 44 years experience
No: This condition is congenital and usually self limited in children. Occasionally, the condition produces complicated airway obstruction early in infancy that may require intervention by an ENT or pediatric surgeon. Most often, supportive symptomatic care of upper airway colds will suffice until the soft cartilage in the child's airway firms up and matures. Afterwards, the airway resistence resolves.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 44 years experience
Yes, if adult: Assuming the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is 25mg per capsule, it is ok to take 2 with plain Mucinex for relief of cold symptoms with thick mucus drainage for adults. Realize that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may cause sedation and should not be used if the individual will be driving or operating machinery.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 44 years experience
No, unavailable: Atarax (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine, more commonly used for preoperative sedation in the past, however it is no longer available for use in the usa.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 44 years experience
Possible old blood: This could be flecks of old blood in the mucus from coughing or something more serious. See a physician for evaluation.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 44 years experience
Acute allergy/infect: This could be allergy or infection. If whitish coating covers the tonsils it could be viral or bacterial infection or mononucleosis. Persistence beyond a couple of days is probably bacterial or something more serious. See a doctor. Sometimes, pockets in the tonsils can hold exudates called tonsilliths or tonsil stones which may produce these symptoms. Try gargles to remove them or see your doctor.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 44 years experience
Vascular ischemia: The symptom could be associated with the overall mild ischemic phenomenon associated with migraines. This symptom maybe associated with what is known as the "aura" preceeding the pain of the headache.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 44 years experience
If you aspirate : Usually not, unless one aspirates the liquid or one has an allergy to the drink. Any food or liquid can precipitate a cough if it accidentally contacts the vocal cords during an abnormal swallow, .
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 44 years experience
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