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what is the best over the counter medication for sore throat and sinus

A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Exam: You will need a throat culture, exam and appropriate therapy: sore throat can be viral or bacterial

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A 48-year-old male asked:
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Dr. David He answered
29 years experience General Practice
URI recovery: Viral upper respiratory tract infection (URI) is usually self limited but symptoms may linger awhile until full resolution. OTC de-congestion and cou ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Salt Water: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiot ... Read More
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
Time: Usually this is caused by a viral upper respiratory infection. As such it is self limited. Use analgesics and stay well hydrated. If it is a chroni ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: You need to visit your doctor for an evaluation to determine whether or not you have infectious sinusitis. If it's infectious, you'll need an antibio ... Read More
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Neti pot: I love neti pot. It works great for me! there are tons of over-the-counter meds used for head congestion, otherwise, such as daiquil, nyquil, alka sal ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Hill
22 years experience Family Medicine
It depends: It depends on other medical conditions and medications. You should talk with your pharmacist, many people forget they are very well educated on pharma ... Read More
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin: Fever reducing medications (antipyretics) include tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen) and motrin/advil (ibuprofen). Both are equally effective. ... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Acetaminophen: Acetaminophen (brand name tylenol) would be a good med to try first.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Konold
32 years experience Family Medicine
Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM: Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm has Guaifenesin that breaks up mucous and dextromethorphan that helps stop the cough. Drink plenty of fluids and change your ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
27 years experience Family Medicine
ST: Fluids, lozenges. Not smoking. Treat the possibles cause (i.E, allergies, cold, reflux, excessive screaming, avoid dust & dry air), dental problems.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Klein
20 years experience Family Medicine
Depends on symptoms: The trick to treating a cold is to prioritize the worst of the symptoms. For example , if you have a stuffy nose, prioritize medicines for stuffiness ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
28 years experience Family Medicine
Drink H2O flush nose: Make sure you are drinking enough water and not taking medications that will dry out your mucous membranes. Nasal flushing with a mixture of saline a ... Read More
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Venincasa
34 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
See your pharmacist: Pharmacists know so much more than we may give them credit for. They speak to many customers and get feedback on their otc meds.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Try pseudoephedrine: or Zyrtec or neo synephrine nasal spray, as long you don't have any other medical problems such as hypertension.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Sinusitis: Often the pain is due to congestion and you can try using saline irrigation with a Neti-pot, a decongestant (pseudoephedrine, oxymetozaline, etc.), an ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs mulitply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "cl ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Sinus congestion: Best is to find out what is causing the sinus congestion. There are several possibilities. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Clear
11 years experience Family Medicine
Symptom control: The best route is to focus on the symptom(s) most bothersome for you. Acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen are best for fever, chills and muscle aches/pain ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Kimura
34 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Saline rinses: Amazingly just plain salt water can be very effective in relieving stuffy noses. Available otc as a spray or as a wash, which can be very helpful. Y ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Remedies: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiot ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bassam Amawi
48 years experience Psychiatry
See U physician: To make sure u don't have infection.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Magic Mouthwash: You can get a prescription from your doctor for 'magic mouthwash' which has lidocaine. OTC meds work OK - generally chloroseptic spray, ibuprofen, ho ... Read More

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