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Do Cough Drops Help Sore Throats
Other idea: While sucking on cough drops is unlikely to be harmful and may help throat irritation, consider seeing a health care provider to assist in finding out why the sore throats are occurring. With that information, it may be possible to prevent the sore throats in the first place. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Sore throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
My favorite: My favorite is a classic "hot toddy." specifically I use a camomile tea with honey, lemon juice and either rum or whiskey (about half-a-shot). The choice of spirits is up to you. The point is to drink a warm liquid that will relax you and open up your airways. (adult only for alcohol, however, lemon, honey, and tea can be used alone for those abstaining or kids.). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have had a sore throat for three days, not too bad, but my cough drops say I should see a doctor if it lasts longer than two days. Is that true?
It's true.: If it says so on the label it must be true! As a doctor I can't say that makes much sense - most sore throats are viral and do last more than three days. If it is progressively worsening or is associated with serious side effects see your doc. Otherwise take the lozenges ...Read more
Itchy throat & dysphagia only at night; better after i eat cough drops. Developed sore throat; feels like something is stuck on right side. Bothersome?
I have a sore throat, dry cough, and inflamed taste buds. I eat cough drops like candy, when I don't my throat is dry and irritated. ?
I'm on day three of a sore throat. Hurts to swallow and even hurts to yawn. I've tried warm drinks, cold drinks, gargling salt water, cough drops, etc.
Sore Throat: See your doctor for a culture and possible antibiotics. You should also make sure you are not forming an abcess. ...Read more
My throat is very sore and hurts to swallow. My tonsils are inflamed. Honey helps and cough drops don't. What can I do to get rid of my sore throat?
I have a sore throat and it hurts really bad to swallow or talk it's hurting in my ear too and cough drops aren't help want else can I try?
Came in contact with baby that had hand foot and mouth disease day later sore throat headache that won't go away cough drops or gargling doesn't help ?
All supportive care: If you do have HFM disease, it's all supportive care. Pain meds (Tylenol/Motrin),plenty of fluids & what you are already doing. Sometimes Maalox can help with the pain if you hold it on the back of your throat. Popsicles and other cold liquids can help. If bad enough, there are prescriptions that your MD can phone in as well. ...Read more
Symptoms: Cough, mild sore throat, hoarse voice, slight nasal drain & headache, no fever, vomited 1x. Meds: Cough Rx&drops, tea, salt H2O. Advice?
Few possibilities.: By your description, this could be allergies, viral throat infection or bacterial sinus infection, at least. Your best bet would be to seek a consultation with one of us here on HealthTap to go over your plight more specifically. We may be able to offer you some advice, or even a useful treatment. ...Read more
Uvula swollen , runny nose, and allergies and i don't have a fever and no sore throat. How would i treat this at home? I have tried cough drop they hel
I don't have a fever, swollen lymph nodes, headache or rash. Just have a mild sore throat with nasal drip. Take a cough drop and it disappears for a while but comes back later. Any idea?
Sore throat: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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