A 40-year-old male asked:
recently quit smoking after 20 years of half-full pack a day. have chronic sinus congestion with thick/excessive mucus in throat. also have a dry cough occasionally and sometimes wheezing associated with laying down in bed mostly. recent normal pft?
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Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Give it time: Congratulations on stopping smoking; you have greatly improved your chance of a long healthy life. You don't say what you mean by "recently". However, smokers cough and other consequences of smoking may take take months or years to improve after stopping. And it sounds like you might have an allergic component, i.e. asthma plus allergic sinusitis. Keep working with your doctor. Good luck!
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A 45-year-old member asked:
I get a sore throat every day. Slight nasal congestion and raspy voice. Swollen glands too. Advil helps, but it comes back.. Any suggestions?
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
See your ENT: You have some sort of chronic problem, but it is hard to know what is going on over the computer. Most likely you are dealing with allergies, chronic sinusitis, or perhaps laryngeal reflux. A thorough history, physical exam and maybe some x-rays or other tests will help sort out the problem. Sinus rinses are a helpful solution for sinus congestion and allergy complaints as well. Good luck!
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A 33-year-old member asked:
I have a sore scratchy throat, my voice is gone, a dry cough and runny nose. I have been taking nyquil and dayquil, nothing is working. What can I d?
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General Practice 31 years experience
Wait, rest, hydrate: Right now many viral upper respiratory infections are 'going around'! nyquil & dayquil both just treat the symptoms. Your body has to develop antibodies to this new viral intruder to your body. The only cure is to wait and help your body heal.
Anti-biotics will not treat a viral respiratory infection. A statistic: over 50% of anti-biotics written in usa are unnecessary. Hope u r better soon!
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Platelets 159, monocytes 10%, the rest of CBC normal. Mono test neg. Thyroid fine. Bruising, bleeding gums, very painful hip, wakes me up. My gp is baffled. What, if anything, should I do to find out what is going on? Thanks.
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Seek help: It is possible to have mono with a normal mono test. The bruising and bleeding gums are really worrisome. I would ask to see a hematologist for further testing.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
I have a terrible sore throat with swollen glands. What can help relieve the pain? I am a breast feeding mother.
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Pediatrics 56 years experience
Sore throat: First of all, consult your primary care doctor to rule out a strep throat because you will need an antibiotic for it. If it turns out that you just have a viral infection, you may be able to take Acetaminophen preferably and gargle with warm salt water every 4 hours. Practise frequent handwashing to protect your baby from getting your infection.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
What is best for a slight fever and sore throat: bayer, tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen?
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Sore throat: Finding the cause & treating it. Those meds. Are for lowering temp. And soothing discomfort temporarily.
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