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I Have A Bad Cough And Sore Throat
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
Common cold: -Soothe the sore throat with saltwater gargle rinses, or over the counter lozenges, throat sprays like Chloraseptic which has a numbing medication. -For the stuffiness, try over the counter saline nasal sprays or antihistamine decongestions. -Rest, humidifier -Honey, over the counter medications with Guaifenesin (Robitussin, Mucinex), or Tessalon perles prescription medication for cough. ...Read more
My throat hurts I have a runny nose and a bad cough i think my throat is swollen, what can I drink?
Tips: 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. For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ;. ...Read more
Im 16 and have a sore throat with pain in my ears and cough. I cough mucus. Do I have throat cancer?
Highly unlikely: With these symptoms, the most likely diagnoses are respiratory infections. Call yourdoctor / primary care practitioner to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. Until then, reassure yourself that what you are experiencing is something that almost certainly will pass. Your doctor likely will determine if you have a viral or bacterial infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have mild blood in my phlegm/spit when i cough it up. I have not been coughing but I have a sore throat and a bad headache. Help?
Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood is never normal and should always be evaluated by a physician. It should always be considered dangerous until proven otherwise. ...Read more
I started with a sinusitis, then sore throat and a slight fever. Now, It feels like my sore throat got worse and I have been coughing so badly.
I don't see a: question here. Please re-phrase and re-submit. Sounds like a cold, though. If that was your question... ...Read more
Dry cough: Given that you have provided us with no information about yourself, not even your age, let alone any medical history or medications, you may have environmental allergies, gastric reflux or pharyngobronchial infection. You may try OTC antihistamine and PPI to see if you have relief as well as keep well hydrated. If no improvement after a few days, see your doctor. ...Read more
Muscle pain: Hard coughing fits can cause the muscles of the back and abdomen to become sore. Combined with sore throat may be start of upper respiratory infection. Drink plenty of water, hot tea/honey for cough and heating pad for back. Most viral infections will worsen by day 3 and improve by day 5. Avoid unnecessary antibiotics as they only help in bacterial infections. If rapidly worsen see MD ...Read more
Stuffy nose started of as a sore throat throat still feels a little dry not to bad but now I have a cough and really light green mucus?
Probably virus: If this has been of very recent onset, it is most likely a virus. Use OTC saline nose spray, throat lozenges, and cough medicine or even honey to soothe cough and sore throat. Plenty of fluids. Give it seven to ten days or so to see if getting better. Watch for fever, shortness of breathe, facial pain, ear pain. If those develop or your not progressively getting better then see you doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Infection: Possible viral infection or bacterial, or even allergy mediated. Get an eval if not improved in time with rest and fluids. ...Read more
I have plugged sinuses, yellow snot, a bad cough, congestion in chest and throat, and an irritated throat and almost no voice. What could I have?
Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more
Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol or Motrin can help decrease symptoms. ...Read more
Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease pain. ...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. Consider Tylenol or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: Mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Can gargle with Aloe Vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
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