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How to tell a cold from strep throat? Do you always have a fever with strep? Will there be white patches on throat? I have a cough and sore throat.

How to tell a cold from strep throat? Do you always have a fever with strep? Will there be white patches on throat? I have a cough and sore throat.

See a physician: 26 year old male with sore throat and cough. Most cases of sore throat are viral, whereas strep is a bacterial cause of sore throat. It is hard to tell the difference at home. Even physicians have a difficult time distinguishing between strep and viral infection based on history alone. Please see a primary care physician for a thorough physical exam and also a strep test for a definitive diagnosis ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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I have a cough and sore throat but my main concern is hardly being able to catch my breath. I can hardly breathe and get dizzy when standing.

I have a cough and sore throat but my main concern is hardly being able to catch my breath. I can hardly breathe and get dizzy when standing.

Please get medical: help now if you are having trouble breathing. Don't drive yourself to an ER - have someone else drive you. ...Read more

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I have a cough and sore throat causing hoarseness. What can be done to relieve the hoarseness? I was diagnosed with an upper respiratory ailment and prescribed cough medicine with coedine. The hoarseness started after my dr. Visit. I have been gargling

I have a cough and sore throat causing hoarseness. What can be done to relieve the
hoarseness? I was diagnosed with an upper respiratory ailment and prescribed cough medicine with
coedine.  The hoarseness started after my dr. Visit.  I have been gargling

Laryngitis : Laryngitis is caused by inflammation of the vocal cords. There are a few things you can do to treat laryngitis caused by an upper respiratory virus. - voice rest - probably the best thing you can do. - drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated - hot tea with honey and lemon - or just a spoon-full of honey - honey has been shown to be as effective a cough suppressant as many over the counter medications - inhale steam from a shower or cool mist from a vaporizer - Acetaminophen and/or Ibuprofen can help with inflammation and throat pain laryngitis from a cold virus should improve after a few days. If it does not, of if you get worse or have any difficulty breathing, call your doctor. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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I have a cough slight sore throat on swolling but either side of my tongue at the very back has purple looking marks or bumps jayne?

I have a cough slight sore throat on swolling but either side of my tongue at the very back has purple looking marks or bumps jayne?

Could be normal: You have large bumps on the very back of your tongue called circumvallate papilla they are used in taste. Patients who look at their tongue in the mirror sometimes see them and get worried. They are totally normal. If you are still concerned, please see a physician and let them look at it. ...Read more

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I have been coughing, a sore throat, and the inside of my nose has a burning sensation. Any idea why my nose burns inside? It also is hard to breathe

I have been coughing, a sore throat, and the inside of my nose has a burning sensation. Any idea why my nose burns inside? It also is hard to breathe

Cold or allergy: Your symptoms can either be related to a viral infection or to nasal allergies, both can irritate your nasal passages and make your nose sensitive. Use a saline nasal spray to soothe it, it should help you until you get your symptoms checked with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a cough a sore throat diarrhea stuffy nose and a fever what is it and what can I do to treat it?

I have a cough a sore throat diarrhea stuffy nose and a fever what is it and what can I do to treat it?

See your doctor: If your symptoms have been going on for this long, its time to see your doctor. He/she will examine you and probably run some tests to try to get an idea of whats going on. ...Read more

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I have had a cough and sore throat for about two weeks. It's accompanied with pain that travels to my ear switching between them.

I have had a cough and sore throat for about two weeks. It's accompanied with pain that travels to my ear switching between them.

Referred pain?: Whatever is causing your throat pain (postnasal drip, acid reflux, viral infection, allergies, etc.) may also create ear pain since the sanenerves innervate both areas and inflammation in the throat may be referred to the ears. Don't know what is happening in your case, but seeing your PCP would not be a bad idea. ...Read more

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I have had a cough and sore throat for about a week. I have developed a bump on the roof of my mouth that i can barely reach with my tongue.

I have had a cough and sore throat for about a week.  I have developed a bump on the roof of my mouth that i can barely reach with my tongue.

Cough: Patients of any age who have had cough for a week or more, especially when accompanied by a sore throat, should be examined by a doctor. Though the cause of your symptoms may be viral, and therefore ultimately resolve on their own, there is still a possibility that the cause may be bacterial. In this case, antibiotics may be needed to achieve full resoluation. ...Read more

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I notices splinter hemorrhages on two of my nails. I also have a cough and sore throat. And mild palpitations. Could it be myocarditis?

I notices splinter hemorrhages on two of my nails. I also have a cough and sore throat. And mild palpitations. Could it be myocarditis?

Splinter hemorrhages: splinters can be seen in patients with endocarditis (infection of the heart valve) but rarely present with a cough and sore throat..they usually are not seen in myocarditis ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

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


Dr. William Culviner
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Throat Pain (Definition)

Throat pain is any tenderness or discomfort in the throat. This may be caused by bacterial or viral infections, or any kind of damage to the ...Read more