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lately i've been having sore throat a slight runny nose and itching in my throat and often having to clear it and slight cough what could this be?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Possibly an upper : Respiratory infection. For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils.
Answered on Aug 23, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
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/ lymph nodes – see your medical provider & get a strep throat test & culture.
Aug 23, 2013
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Allergies: If you do not have a cold, this sounds like nasal allergies. Try taking over the counter Claritin or Allegra and see if they help and if not see your doctor.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Suzanne Fiala
30 years experience Family Medicine
Allergies: If this has become a chronic condition, these are often symptoms of chronic, low-grade allergies. You might experiment and take some otc zyrtec (cetirizine) for a week or two. If it helps, i suggest possible allergy testing and further evaluation and treatment with either medications or allergy shots.
Answered on Mar 17, 2017
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Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
14 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Allergic rhinitis: It looks like you might have allergic rhinitis. It's a common condition but if not treated it can lead to more serious problems like chronic rhino sinusitis. You would need to see a local allergist to be evaluated.
Answered on Aug 23, 2013

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