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What are the best sleeping methods when having a cold or sore throat?

What are the best sleeping methods when having a cold or sore throat?

As always, use of: Good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How to sleep with a sore throat?

How to sleep with a sore throat?

A simple dose of: Advil or Tylenol (acetaminophen) could reduce your pain level so that you could fall asleep.A bit more aggressive approach would be Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM( pain relief + a mild sedative ). ...Read more

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Is it bad to go to sleep with a sore throat? Will I choke in my sleep?

Is it bad to go to sleep with a sore throat? Will I choke in my sleep?

Anesthesia: Do you mean asleep at night or asleep as in anesthesia? If anesthesia it is better to wait until 2 weeks after sore throat ends. U will not choke with either type of sleep. ...Read more

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What should I do for sore throat besides sleep/?

What should I do for sore throat besides sleep/?

Hot tea: And the juice of two limes or lemons. Eating pineapple or drinking pineapple juice is very helpfull. ...Read more

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I've had the worst sore throat all day.. It's now 5:30am and I haven't had any sleep becuase of how sore it is.. Please help! ?

I've had the worst sore throat all day.. It's now 5:30am and I haven't had any sleep becuase of how sore it is.. Please help! ?

Sore throat: This may be Strep throat, but cannot be diagnosed over the internet. Go and be seen at an urgent care center or an ER. You can ease the discomfort with a variety of OTC products your friendly pharmacist will recommend, or you could gargle with a saline preparation. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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What can you do for sore throat due to sleeping under air conditioning?

Sore throat : This likely is a result of allergic pharyngitis caused by exposure to ac air .. You can take some rubituasin for symptomatic relief , it should feel better soon . ...Read more

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Baby won't drink eat or sleep due to sore throat and awful cold what can we give her to make her drink atleast??

Baby won't drink eat or sleep due to sore throat and awful cold what can we give her to make her drink atleast??

Sick baby. : How old is your sick baby? If you are talking about a baby younger than about six months, I would seek medical help now. You are right to be worried about getting fluids in. Babies can get dehydrated quickly. Try a Popsicle, teaspoons of some liquid, ice chips, anything really. If you don't have success right away getting fluids in, I would seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat at night and tender to touch around throat area, on the outside, almost sleeping at work it's unusual ?

I have a sore throat at night and tender to touch around throat area, on the outside, almost sleeping at work it's unusual ?

Sore throat /sleep: Consider reflux and sleep apnea. Reflux at night would cause the sore throat as the acid refluxes into the throat. You can take ranitidine and omeprazole. for that and when you sleep elevate the head of bed with a pillow under the mattress. Also check for H pylori, a bacteria associated with reflux. Sleep apnea would make you sleepy during the day .F/U with doctor /urgent care ...Read more

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Sore throat and I think every time I try to sleep I get stuck in NREM sleep. It feels as if I've had no sleep at all. Tossing and Turning. Thoughts.

Sore throat and I think every time I try to sleep I get stuck in NREM sleep. It feels as if I've had no sleep at all. Tossing and Turning. Thoughts.

Sleep disorder: The sore throat related to sleep problems, implies you may be a mouth breather. Sleep apnea (lack of breathing during sleep) with the usual associated snoring-- often disrupts normal sleep cycles. Although unusual in the younger patient, if you suffer with a severe weight problem and have the above problems seek a consult from a pulmonary or sleep expert. Weight loss is a good start. ...Read more

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Sore throat hurts so much i can't swallow or sleep. What is recommended?

Have it evaluated: Most sore throats are viral but some are due to bacteria such as strep. See your doctor if it that bad. ...Read more

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My only symptom is Sore throat for 9 days but the past few days I have been waking up in sleep gasping for air with a big breath ?

My only symptom is Sore throat for  9 days but the past few days I have been waking up in sleep gasping for air with a big breath ?

Need eval.: If your sore throat was due merely to a viral infection, I would presume that you will be better by now. Given that you're not, especially since your symptoms seem progressive, you need an evaluation to see if more treatments are in order. ...Read more

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Keep waking with a sore throat not knowing why but my partner told me a few days ago that I use my tounge to scratch my throat in my sleep any advice?

Keep waking with a sore throat not knowing why but my partner told me a few days ago that I use my tounge to scratch my throat in my sleep any advice?

Couple of things: Make sure you brush the top of your tongue well to remove the hair-like projections and make sure you drink plenty of water during the day. Stay away from alcohol based mouthwashes (regular listerine) right before bed and and maybe try a saliva substitute before bed. Keeping the oral tissues hydrated and lubricated should help. ...Read more

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Throat started hurting about 3 days ago. I have been woken up the last 2 night by an extreme sore throat and 101 fever. I can't sleep and nothing help?

Throat started hurting about 3 days ago. I have been woken up the last 2 night by an extreme sore throat and 101 fever. I can't sleep and nothing help?

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies. Usually, a person sees a doctor if the sore throat illness is bothersome (as in this case), comes with other symptoms (such as 101 degree fever), is recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). ...Read more

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I have a sore throat during sleep I have used listerine and hot drinks help it's been 3 days like this ok during the day but it's waking me up during?

I have a sore throat during sleep I have used listerine  and hot drinks help it's been 3 days like this ok during the day but it's waking me up during?

Get it checked : May be reflux if it occurs more at night however the tonsils need to be examined to exclude an infection here. Please see a doctor and urgently if breathing or swallowing troubles ...Read more

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Can days without sleep make you sick such as sore throat fatigue?

Can days without sleep make you sick such as sore throat fatigue?

Yes: Poor sleep or complete lack of sleep can make you feel all-around lousy and sick. The sore throat is not as common so that should be checked to see if you have strep throat or mono. ...Read more

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Have a sore throat. What can I do to relieve the pain from my saliva pooling up while I sleep?

Have a sore throat. What can I do to relieve the pain from my saliva pooling up while I sleep?

Have you tried an: over the counter analgesic (Tylenol, Advil etc.) or cold preparation? Start with that but if the symptoms persist make an appointment with a health care provider to be fully evaluated. ...Read more

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Had sore throat. Now Productive cough-10days. wakeup coughing evrynight=lil sleep. hv coughing fits evryday esp whn stressed. See Dr or wait it out?

Had sore throat. Now Productive cough-10days. wakeup coughing evrynight=lil sleep. hv coughing fits evryday esp whn stressed. See Dr or wait it out?

See a doctor.: If the cough is productive and for 10 days it should be checked out to rule out pneumonia or bacterial infection. Either will need to be treated. Allergies with post nasal drip, asthma , and stress also need to be ruled out or treated . ...Read more

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I have had what I thought was a cold, but the cough is so bad I can't sleep N the sore throat N earache are horrible N e suggestions would be welcome?

I have had what I thought was a cold, but the cough is so bad I can't sleep N the sore throat N earache are horrible N e suggestions  would be welcome?

See your Doctor: What you are describing probably needs more than over the counter medicines . See your doctor . Steam . Luke warm saline gargles will help . Antibiotics of throat and ear infection . ...Read more

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Could sleeping with your mouth open cause a sore throat?

Could sleeping with your mouth open cause a sore throat?

Yes: Sleeping with an open mouth allows your mouth and throat lining to dry out -- possibly getting sore. However, you also might be mouth breathing from congestion due to an oncoming URI which brings sore throat with it -- or allergies which might do the same. ...Read more

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How many days can I safely take acetaminophen (in NyQuil) for my sore throat (my doc recommended it)? Not strep. It's the only way I can sleep.

How many days can I safely take acetaminophen (in NyQuil) for my sore throat (my doc recommended it)?  Not strep.  It's the only way I can sleep.

Not quite right: question.
Like so many things, tylenol (acetaminophen) is good except in overdose. The more reliable estimates are that tylenol (acetaminophen) overdoses (including intentional) produce serious harm rarely. Make sure you are NOT taking additional tylenol (acetaminophen) AT THE SAME TIME as nyquil (percocet, other cold meds, headache meds ALL have it among others).
Don't overdose, no limit on how many times you can take it. ...Read more

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Had cold now sore throat healing and lost voice but the tickle is unbearable as tried medicine doesn't work so gargle brandy but need help no sleep?

Had cold now sore throat healing and lost voice but the tickle is unbearable as tried medicine doesn't work so gargle brandy but need help no sleep?

See doctor: First you need to find out what the problem is. Sinus infection after a viral infection is a possibility. However there may be other causes and the cold might have nothing to do with the problem at all. Gargling with Brandy will do you more harm than good since it irritates the throat further. It's time to see a doctor ...Read more

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It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more