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I Have A Sore Throat And A Bad Flu What Medicine Should I Take
Over the counter: There are a variety of combination "flu" otc meds that can help. Ask yourself which one of your symptoms are the most troublesome and look for combination that best will treat those symptoms. Believe it or not your local pharmacist can often point you into the right direction. Just ask nicely at the counter :). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rest, fluids: Neti pot if you're congested. If you don't have ulcers or other health problems then Ibuprofen works well for throat pain. If it's dry in your home, try a humidifier. Rest, fluids, take it easy. If you start getting bad throat pain and fever, someone should look at your throat. Hope you feel better soon. Be sure you wash your hands often to keep others safe and cover your mouth when coughing. ...Read more
Sore throat: First you need to make sure you don't have serious infection needing Antibiotics treatment, therefore if you have fever, chills I suggest that you see a doctor, Otherwise you can use salt water to gurgle, cepacol lozenges if no improvement then see a provider. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Soothe your throat: A sore throat can be serious but likely it is easily treated with symptomatic things like throat sprays, lozenges, salt water gargles, cold drinks and ice cream. Paracetamol and ibuprofen will also help. You should see your GP to determine if you need antibiotics. You may ask you doctor for some steroids which act as an anti-inflammatory and can greatly reduce your symptoms. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
See doctor: It is possible that you have strep throat, and this should be treated if you test positive or look clinically as if that is the diagnosis. This may be several other things besides that, but very few of them will have the potential for severe complications like rheumatic fever that strep throat does. ...Read more
Supportive care: It sounds like you have an upper respiratory infection, which is fairly common in pregnancy; it is usually more of an annoyance than anything else. Due to your pregnancy, it's generally a good idea to avoid using medications if possible; generally safe meds would be tylenol (acetaminophen) and guaifenisen, but discuss with your ob/gyn for an exam and the final ok. ...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
I still have a bad sore throat I have appointment with Dr tomorrow I wonder what is causing my sore throat and fever been sick over a week?
How do I know if I just have a head cold with a cough and not walking pneumonia? I don't have a fever. I have a slight sore throat.
Chest x-ray...: The only way to diagnose so-called "walking pneumonia" is with a chest x-ray. Symptoms are usually milder and so patients can walk around with it unaware that's what they have. It is usually due to a viral etiology so antibiotics are often not needed or even helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 more
Symptomatic relief: In addition to taking Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for pain relief, salt water gargles (1 tsp. Salt in quart warm water – then gargle several times per day) eating smooth, cool foods like ice cream or jell-o and sucking hard candies may also help alleviate throat pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antihistamines: A sinus infection is usually treated with antibiotics prescribed by a physician if they are bacterial in origin. Treatment is usually symptomatic. Antihistaminics like zyrtec, Claritin, (loratadine) allegra... can help with drainage, saline flushes can help clear up the congestion and zinc lozenges or chloraseptic sprays can help ease the pain of the sore throat. No improvement? See PCP. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I woke up with a cold sore and a sore throat this morning. I am 29 weeks pregnant and terrified to take or use anything. What do you recommend?
What to do: 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 more
I have a sore throat and everytime i eat and drink it hurts and I have been having headaches for a past week tomorrow can you tell me what it is ?
Need more info: Medicine cannot be practiced effectively without a full history and physical exam. This could be one of many possibilities. Please see a doctor if it persists. ...Read more
Chemical irritation: This is a chemical irritation to your respiratory tract from the bleach. Here's some things to try: use nasal saline spray every 3-4 hours, warms salt water gargles, throat lozenges, cough syrup, take ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen). Drink lots of water and avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoke. If this is not resolving or if you develop fever or shortness of breath see your doctor. ...Read more
Remedy: Gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced ginger. Steep 5 min. In a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs honey & sip. Try thyme tea. Consider making tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 min). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve sxs. ...Read more
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