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Temp 99.9. Sore throat. Runny stuffy nose. Sneezes. Is this a cold or strep?

Temp 99.9. Sore throat. Runny stuffy nose. Sneezes. Is this a cold or strep?

Strep throat: Strep pharyngitis is notoriously difficult to diagnose by purely clinical criteria, but the symptoms you mention do not suggest that what you have is strep. It is more probably a viral infection. An allergy is also possible, but seems less likely. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Hacking cough with yellow phlegm for 5 days, progressive worse with pressure in face and fullness in ears. Throat sore runny nose. Just a cold?

Hacking cough with yellow phlegm for 5 days, progressive worse with pressure in face and fullness in ears. Throat sore runny nose. Just a cold?

Mgt: If you have had a fever > 101 for more than three days, or if this persists for another 10 days, a course of antibiotics may be given to treat sinusitis. Most bronchitis infections are viral but if the cough persists or is associated with significant shortness of breath, fever, cough, please see your PCP. A follow up virtual appointment is available. ...Read more

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Headache, sore throat, runny/stuffed nose, deep chest cough, hot and cold. No fever. A cold or more?

Headache, sore throat, runny/stuffed nose, deep chest cough, hot and cold. No fever.  A cold or more?

Cold or more??: If it just a cold, usually there are evident signs of respiratory distress. Those are rapid breathing (more than 24 x/min); nasal flaring;?; chest retractions; and use of the accessory muscles of respiration. If none of thes are present the cough is much more likely to originate at the pharyngeal level. An excellent med for type of cough is benzonatate. ...Read more

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Sore throat, low grade fever, congestion in nose--is it strep?

Sore throat, low grade fever, congestion in nose--is it strep?

Probably a cold: It sounds more like a common cold, especially because of the nasal congestion. The only way to know for sure is with a strepmtestbor throat culture. ...Read more

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Can persistent fever, dry cough, sore throat, mucus in the throat, NO nose stuffing + swollen lymph gland on right side of neck be an HIV infection?

Can persistent fever, dry cough, sore throat, mucus in the throat, NO nose stuffing + swollen lymph gland on right side of neck be an HIV infection?

Very unlikely: It is much more likely to be a common viral infection or Strep. Tobacco use will make the problem worse and prolong the issue. ...Read more

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Massive outbreak of cold sores on top lip and nostril. Sore tongue, sore gums and sore throat?

Massive outbreak of cold sores on top lip and nostril. Sore tongue, sore gums and sore throat?

First episode?: This sounds like primary herpes simplex gingivostomatitis. Untreated it may last 3 weeks but Acyclovir (zovirax) or valayclovir (valtrex) should lessen it substantially. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Sore throat, persistent painful cough, had high fever, little blood in phlegm, blocked nose. Hot cold flashes, and weakness. Non smoker. Serious?

Sore throat, persistent painful cough, had high fever, little blood in phlegm, blocked nose. Hot cold flashes, and weakness. Non smoker. Serious?

Seasonal flu: is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for examination. ...Read more

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I'm getting a thick white mucous from my nose with blocked nose, facial pressure and pain, bodyaches, sore throat,is this sinusitis or a cold?

I'm getting a thick white mucous from my nose with blocked nose, facial pressure and pain, bodyaches, sore throat,is this sinusitis or a cold?

Sinusitis...: You are describing the classic symptoms of sinusitis. .. Especially if the facial pressure and pain is on just one side. This is frequently bacterial and often needs antibiotics to clear. You might try to get your nasal passages clear with a neti pot (copious saline irrigation) or a nasal decongestant like " Afrin". Don't give it too long. If symptoms don't clear soon then see your do ...Read more

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I've had sore throat for 5 days and white spots on minimally swollen tonsils. Also have cough, sore lungs, and runny nose. Virus? Strep? Bronchitis?

I've had sore throat for 5 days and white spots on minimally swollen tonsils. Also have cough, sore lungs, and runny nose.  Virus? Strep? Bronchitis?

Sore throat: All of these symptoms can be related to a common virus. For the moment it is advisable to use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for the pain and drink cold fluids including ice slurry drinks to soothe the throat. When your secretions change color you need an antibiotic as the virus infection will turn into a bacterial one with time. Hope you are feeling better. Good luck! ...Read more

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Blocked left ear for 12 months very painful, sneezing runny nose and dry cough loss of voice ,sore throat , throat closes over at times no fever ?

Blocked left ear for 12 months very painful, sneezing runny nose and dry cough loss of voice ,sore throat , throat closes over at times no fever ?

ENT: It sounds like allergic symptoms with chronic sinusitis. However, it is too long to have theses symptoms without treatment. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Does a cold also cause an itchy nose including sneezing, nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, and body aches?

Does a cold also cause an itchy nose including sneezing, nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, and body aches?

Cold/flu: Greetings. Yes, a cold or fllu can indeed cause all those symptoms you questioned. Allergy/bacterial infection toon could be Another cause. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing sore throat while swallowing, headache, yellow spots in mouth, fever, runny nose, ear pain;feels like there's water inside of the ear?

I'm experiencing sore throat while swallowing, headache, yellow spots in mouth, fever, runny nose, ear pain;feels like there's water inside of the ear?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. If you do not have access to your doctor and your symptoms worsen, go the emergency department of the nearby hospital. Wish you good health! ...Read more

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3 days of stuffy nose, sneezing, drainage, coughing and general achiness. Cold or viral?

3 days of stuffy nose, sneezing, drainage, coughing and general achiness. Cold or viral?

Cold: You are describing symptoms of a cold, which is most probably viral. The symptoms should resolve on their own in a few days, if not see your doctor, especially if you have fever as you may have the flu. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause nose bleed? How come my symptoms such as hoarseness, sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion only getting worse?

Can a sinus infection cause nose bleed? How come my symptoms such as hoarseness, sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion only getting worse?

Sinuses & Epistaxis.: The inflammation caused by sinus infection, along with the pure violence of constantly blowing your nose, can lead to nosebleeds in the context of a sinus infection That being said, sinus infections tend to be bacterial, so you may be getting worse because you need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Runny nose with (nasal congestion), headache, sneezing, sore throat in the morning only. Occasional blood tinged mucous embedded on floor of throat?

Runny nose with (nasal congestion), headache, sneezing, sore throat in the morning only. Occasional blood tinged mucous embedded on floor of throat?

Allergy?: Most likely allergy, although a mild viral upper respiratory infection would have these symptoms too. An exam could settle which it is. If you have fever or aches then it's most likely a virus. See your doctor if it persists. ...Read more

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Does the flu or cold cause dark yellow phlegm and chest congestion plus hoarseness, sore throat, and stuffy nose?

Does the flu or cold cause dark yellow phlegm and chest congestion plus hoarseness, sore throat, and stuffy nose?

Mgt: It can cause these symptoms. If your cough worsens, please see your PCP. Flu may be associated with the development of pneumonia, but most cases resolve without treatment or any complications. ...Read more

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What can I put on a cold sore in my nose?

What can I put on a cold sore in my nose?

Nose sore: A small dab of oragel numbs the area. It is safe in nose. A tiny dab of neosporin with pain relief ointment helps. ...Read more

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Can you get a cold sore on bridge of your nose after a cold?

It could happen: Recurrent oral herpes (cold sore) outbreaks usually occur in pretty much the same place every time, usually on or near the lips. But it can happen anywhere nearby, including the nose. If the bridge of your nose is a new place, a cold sore is less likely. If this is your first possible outbreak, probably it's something else. If in doubt, see a doctor for professional evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can wiping your nose a lot bring out a cold sore?

Hello docs. I was wondering can wiping your nose a lot bring out a cold sore?

Having an upper : Respiratory infection (which could cause a runny nose) may trigger cold sores. Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, uv rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period. ...Read more

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Never had a cold sore. Just developed one directly under my nose. What does this mean?

Exposure to HSV: This means that at some point, you have been exposed to someone who has had a cold sore, or carries the hsv (herpes) virus and was 'shedding' virus. Transmission can occur even if a cold sore is not present, fyi. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore in your nose be contagious if you pick it?

Can a cold sore in your nose be contagious if you pick it?

Cold sores: Yes. If the cold sore is painful, it is usually viral as in herpes. If it is an open sore and oozing, it could be strep or staph infection. ...Read more

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Yesterday, i had a cold sore under my nose, until today, it's still itchy how will this affect my eating?

Yesterday, i had a cold sore under my nose, until today, it's still itchy  how will this affect my eating?

It shouldn't: Some food may be more irritating to the sore than others but you should be able to eat pretty much anything you normally do. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore in the healing stage. I have something in my nose that is sore. Could I have spred it to my nose that fast.

Probably not : It probably has nothing to do with your cold sore. Most likely it has to do with a slight infection of the hair follicles inside your nose. Try using some Bacitracin ointment inside your nose three times a day for a few days and see if that helps. If not you should see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold sore in my nose or shingles?

How do I know if I have a cold sore in my nose or shingles?

Distribution.: Cold sores are typically a single blister, or a small solitary group of blisters. Shingles would usually extend from your nose along one cheek, and around to the back of the head. But not every case is typical, and there are other causes of sores in the nose, such as bacteria, traumatic injury, and various tumors. If the sore persists, let your doctor take a look and tell you exactly what it is. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cold sore under my nose, help me get rid of it please!?

What to do if I have a cold sore under my nose, help me get rid of it please!?

Antiviral cream: You need prescription meds like topical zovirax cream or oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) if it's really severe. ...Read more

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Could it happen such that a cold sore in your nose be contagious during oral sex?

Yes: If it is a herpes simplex virus cold sore it can be spread to the genitalia during oro-genital contact. 10% of genital herpes infections are caused by the oral herpes simplex 1 virus. Are you sure the nasal lesion is a cold sore and not a staph.Aureus infection? ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of a cold sore in the nose fast?

Your doctor can: prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. ...Read more

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Since having a blister (cold sore) up my nose it hasn't healed and bleeds often..... Can you help?

Since having a blister (cold sore) up my nose it hasn't healed and bleeds often..... Can you help?

Needs attention : I would have a physician look at it. There are many reasons you could have a sore in your nose and most are benign but because its not healing you need a good plan for maintenance or observation. Maybe even a biopsy. ...Read more

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Need help. I've got a cold sore but i also have like a stuffy nose could that be the reason why I have one?

Possibly, an upper: Respiratory infection could be a trigger for a cold sore. Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, uv rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore spread if I wash my face? I get one on the columella of my nose. If I shower/wash my face, will it spread by water?

Possible: Good question and the answer is yes. However alot lower if washing that act is removing the virus and the cells that get infected. Now touching your face after the sore would be a mechanism of spread. ...Read more

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Boyfriend has cold sore-like rash on left side of nose that keeps peeling. Has been there for 6months. Scratching it makes it worse and inflamed. ?

Boyfriend has cold sore-like rash on left side of nose that keeps peeling. Has been there for 6months. Scratching it makes it worse and inflamed. ?

See doctor: A peeling rash lasting for 6 months should be examined by a doctor since it may be from a skin cancer even for someone about your age. ...Read more

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I never get cold sores in my nose, but have blown my nose a lot and irritated it. 3 tiny scabs came that don't hurt to touch, could it be a cold sore?

I never get cold sores in my nose, but have blown my nose a lot and irritated it. 3 tiny scabs came that don't hurt to touch, could it be a cold sore?

Possibly: Possibly it could be an infection transmitted via contact but it could just be abrasion from multiple blowing the nose and wiping the nose. A medicated ointment would help. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more