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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

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

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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


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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

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

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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

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

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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

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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I have a sore throat and itchy ears?

I have a sore throat and itchy ears?

Allergy: Since you have not shared any information with us about yourself, including your age and medical history, its not possible to provide you with a proper or relevant response. Given the limited description of your sx, you may be experiencing environmental allergies and may benefit from OTC antihistamines. ...Read more

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If I have a bad sore throat and am losing my voice is it possible I have strep throat?

If I have a bad sore throat and am losing my voice is it possible I have strep throat?

Sore throat: Sore throat with fever and lack of cough has a higher chance of strep. Loosing the voice is most often consistent with viral pharyngitis. A strep test will check for strep. ...Read more

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I have got a very swollen left tonsil, and a very sore ear what can I do?

I have got a very swollen left tonsil, and a very sore ear what can I do?

Go together : Due to some 'crosstalk' in the nerves, a sore throat often does result in some ear pain. If you have a swollen tonsil on only 1 side, that's unusual and you should be seen by a doctor. If you are having fever or trouble opening your mouth, you should see an ENT or head to the er urgently to make sure you don't have an abscess. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and still have a cough and a stuffy nose?

I have a sore throat and still have a cough and a stuffy nose?

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

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I have a swollen uvula with a white looking spot or blister, I have my tonsils removed n have a sore throat and a gagging feeling in my throat help?

I have a swollen uvula with a white looking spot or blister, I have my tonsils removed n have a sore throat and a gagging feeling in my throat help?

Go to the ER: For gagging sensations with a swollen uvula, I would go to the Emergency Room. You should have a doctor evaluate your airway and make sure your throat is not closing off. Have someone drive you or get a taxi. Better not to take a chance with your airway... ...Read more

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I have sore tonsils. With yellow..Just a little sore but is consustant?

I have sore tonsils.  With yellow..Just a little sore but is consustant?

Tonsillitis: Sore, swollen tonsils likely represent a viral or bacterial infection or chronic tonsillitis with tonsil stone (tonsillolith) formation. Patients with this symptom need to be evaluated to determine if there is a streptococcal infection (strep throat) requiring antibiotics or a different cause for their symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a very runny nose, thumping headache and sore throat. I also have no spleen.

I have a very runny nose, thumping headache and sore throat. I also have no spleen.

See doctor : Runny nose , headache and sore throat are most likely to be due to viral infection. Absence of spleen predisposes to certain infections, please consult your doctor for examination . ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat for a long time, but i also have quite bad hay fever, could my allergies be a cause of my sore throat ?

I have had a sore throat for a long time, but i also have quite bad hay fever, could my allergies be a cause of my sore throat ?

Absolutely: "hay fever" often causes sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion..Which can lead to dripping at the back of the nose.. Which goes down the throat..This could definitely cause a sore throat...See an allergist..There are many good treatments to help you feel better. ...Read more

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My throat has been sore for days and my tonsils touch when i swallow i also have a headache and a slight fever.

My throat has been sore for days and my tonsils touch when i swallow i also have a headache and a slight fever.

Tonsillitis: You may have tonsillitis. Viral vs. Bacterial (usually strep) needs to be differentiated for appropriate treatment to be administered. See your doc who can get more history, look at you and do a strep test. ...Read more

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I think I have strep throat but I can't see my tonsils to check for white spots. I have a cough, very painful throat, mild fever, headache?

I think I have strep throat but I can't see my tonsils to check for white spots. I have a cough, very painful throat, mild fever, headache?

Difficult issue: Viral agents cause most of the issues you report, but strep is still possible.You are still in an age group where untreated strep might lead to significant heart,kidney and nervous system complications down the road if untreated. Even strep may feel better in a day or two, but feeling better doesn't change the risk. Time for you to go see doc. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, sneezing, coughing, and feel tired. could this be strep? or just a virus?

I have a sore throat, sneezing, coughing, and feel tired. could this be strep? or just a virus?

Mostly viral: so rest, fluids, salt water gargles and pain killers, if no improvement in a day or two, and sore throat just becomes worse, see your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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