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I have had a strong sore throat for 3 days now, what should I do?

I have had a strong sore throat for 3 days now, what should I do?

Sore throat: You should get checked out to see what infection can be causing this. In meantime, drink lots of cold and warm fluids and take advil (ibuprofen) for pain. ...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


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I have had a sore throat for over 3 weeks what is wrong?

I have had a sore throat for over 3 weeks what is wrong?

Long time.....: Best to see your otolaryngologist for examination and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I'm had a sore throat for the past few days. How do I know if I have strep throat?

I'm had a sore throat for the past few days. How do I know if I have strep throat?

Simple test: There are multiple reasons for throat irritation.Viral infections, strep, dry hear, allergic drainage, etc. A simple swab can be tested within a few minutes in the office and detect strep proteins if it is the cause. If it's not strep, antibiotics will not help. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, chills, dry cough and have had a headache for two weeks now?

I have a sore throat, chills, dry cough and have had a headache for two weeks now?

Strep throat or viru: All of the symptoms sounds mainly like a viral ., but this could also be a viral upper and lower respiratory infection or atypical pneumonia. This could also be a strep throat. See your primary care physician. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat for two weeks?

I have a sore throat for two weeks?

Urgent care, minute: Clinic or local doctor to due strep test and examine your tonsils ...Read more

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Have had an abscess on my tonsil for 3 weeks, antibiotics haven't worked and have had a sore throat every day. What should I do?

Have had an abscess on my tonsil for 3 weeks, antibiotics haven't worked and have had a sore throat every day. What should I do?

Seek a consultation: It's unclear what/where the source may be? It might be an antibiotic that is ineffective for the causative bacteria, or may be from another source and is draining in an area near a tonsil. This requires professional help/examination/consultation. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat for 8 days, what's wrong?

I have had a sore throat for 8 days, what's wrong?

Virus vs bacteria?: 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

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I have a headache for 3 days, sore throat, blood in my mucus, i had the chills 2 days ago but there gone do I have the flu?

I have a headache for 3 days, sore throat, blood in my mucus, i had the chills 2 days ago but there gone do I have the flu?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Should i see a doctor for my cold? I have had for 2 days. I don't have a fever, i have a cough, and i have chills. I had a sore throat but it's gone

Should i see a doctor for my cold? I have had  for 2 days. I don't have a fever, i have a cough, and i have chills. I had a sore throat but it's gone

Yes You should: your doctor will examine you if necessary Rx you antibiotics for secondary bacterial infection ( if you have ) ...Read more

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Any advice? I have had a sore throat for 6 days now?

Any advice? I have had a sore throat for 6 days now?

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

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I have had a fever and sore throat, headache and my ears have been hurting for about 3 days now. Why is this?

I have had a fever and sore throat, headache and my ears have been hurting for about 3 days now. Why is this?

Infection likely: This could be a viral cold, a bacterial infection such as strep throat and/or ear infection, mono, or a flu. Continue Ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen, stay hydrated (make sure you are making enough urine and that it's clear), and if not getting better you should get evaluated. ...Read more

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I have been having a sore throat for a month, and had a tonsilectomy back in october, could possibly have strep again?

I have been having a sore throat for a month, and had a tonsilectomy back in october, could possibly have strep again?

Possible: Best to get checked, as even with a history of a tonsillectomy, you can still get a "strep" pharyngitis 'throat infection.'. ...Read more

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I have had a cold for 3 weeks.Was started on a z-pack 3 days ago. For a few days, have been having sharp pain on right ribcage when I cough or breathe?

I have had a cold for 3 weeks.Was started on a z-pack 3 days ago. For a few days, have been having sharp pain on right ribcage when I cough or breathe?

Aspirin, H2O2 Humidi: For upper respiratory infections like cold and flu (but also serious infections like pneumonia) I recommend using a humidifier, filled with one bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and two bottles of water. That gives you a 1% solution of aerosolized peroxide, which kills the pathogens on contact, and breaks down into carbon dioxide and water. Your chest pain is caused by pleurisy--treatment is aspirin. ...Read more

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I had to get an Mri and had anesthesia after I was done I had a metallic taste for a few days. I also developed a cough. Four days dry cough. ?

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I had to get an Mri and had anesthesia after I was done I had a metallic taste for a few days. I also developed a cough. Four days dry cough. 
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Blood?: Metallic taste is usually associated with blood. If you had undergone general anesthesia, your throat might have some minor trauma with trace of bleeding for a few days. But the cough is worrisome and if it persists for more than a week or gets worse , consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I had cough for 4 weeks now I have been prescribed antibiotics for a week but i still have the tingly cough .At first i had a mucus clear cough?

I had cough  for  4 weeks now I have been prescribed antibiotics for a week but i still have the tingly cough .At first i had a mucus clear cough?

Possibility.....: Typically, a bacterial bronchitis, treated with antibiotics, resolves within about 7-10 days. Since your cough is lasting longer than that, you may have bronchospasm that can occur following a bout of acute bronchitis. The treatment usually consists of a bronchodilator inhaler and perhaps a steroid inhaler. See your doctor again for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat for three days and I just had acid reflux right now which burnt the sore throat even more?What should i take to stopsorethroa

I have had a sore throat for three days and I just had acid reflux right now which burnt the sore throat even more?What should i take to stopsorethroa

Options: Three days of sore throat could mean strep A, mono, or just be the reflux. The reflux can benefit if you avoid caffeine/nicotine/ laying down after meals and take antacid tablets. If you have any fever with this consider having your doc evaluate it. ...Read more

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2 weeks ago I was given a Zpack to treat bronchitis, now I have had a sore throat for three days along with big bumps on the back of my tongue,normal?

2 weeks ago I was given a Zpack to treat bronchitis, now I have had a sore throat for three days along with big bumps on the back of my tongue,normal?

Possibly related: One of the causes of bumps on the tongue and sore throat would be oral thrush or a yeast/fungal infection. This is more likely after antibiotic use when the bacterial flora in the mouth/body is altered. It might also represent an unusual form of drug allergy, or just be normal. I would probably ask my doctor to have a look at them. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have had a strong sore throat for 3 days now, what should I do?

Sore throat: You should get checked out to see what infection can be causing this. In meantime, drink lots of cold and warm fluids and take advil (ibuprofen) for pain. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat for the past three days with no other symptoms. There are no white spots or signs of strep throat. What should I do?

Comfort measures: Your sore throat, if unaccompanied by a fever or pus at the ite, is likely a mild viral pharyngitis. Argyle with warm salt water, take Motrin for inflammation, and immediately see your doctor if you develop fever or difficulty swallowing, drooling, or increased pain. ...Read more

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I have had congestion and a sore throat for 3 days. Hard to sleep and nose always runs. Taking sudafed. Anything else I can do?

I have had congestion and a sore throat for 3 days. Hard to sleep and nose always runs. Taking sudafed. Anything else I can do?

Common cold: 27 year old male with nasal congestion, sore throat, runny nose, hard time sleeping, already taking sudafed. Home remedies like drinking warm water with honey and lemon before bed, hot showers breathing in steam. Can also try other OTC meds like mucinex (guaifenesin) and oral antihistamines. See health care provider if symptoms lasting for longer than 7-10 days. ...Read more

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I have had a severe sore throat/ tongue for 3,days it hurts so bad that my ear aches to swallowing feels like sand paper yawning hurts throat cancer?

I have had a severe sore throat/ tongue for 3,days it hurts so bad that my ear aches to swallowing feels like sand paper yawning hurts throat cancer?

Dr. can check throat: 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 lessen pain. ...Read more

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Have had a sore throat for last three days. Still hurts so much. How to relieve it?

Have had a sore throat for last three days. Still hurts so much. How to relieve it?

See : Your doctor. If it's viral it should slowly get better. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and increase your water intake. But if it's bacterial you will need to be treated properly. So call your doctor ...Read more

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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?

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

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Hello, i've had a sore throat for three days now but it doesn't hurt at all nor does it bother me but it's still there. What could this be? Thank you

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i've had a sore throat for three days now but it doesn't hurt at all nor does it bother me but it's still there. What could this be? Thank you

Doctor can evaluate: 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 quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Sore throats can heal on their own, but antibiotics are used for strep throat. ...Read more

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I've had a sore throat over three days now it is very painful the first day I had a fever An chills but that has lessened An now I am still left with ?

I've had a sore throat over three days now it is very painful the first day I had a fever An chills but that has lessened An now I am still left with ?

Doctor can evaluate: Throat pain can be from 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 a doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to see about antibiotics). Having chills may mean one's body is trying to create a fever. ...Read more

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I had a sore throat and flu symptoms for about three days last week. Feeling much better now but have lingering sinusitis. Can I start exercising again?

I had a sore throat and flu symptoms for about three days last week. Feeling much better now but have lingering sinusitis. Can I start exercising again?

Yes: I recommend you use a sinus rinse kit or Neti pot to clear the sinuses- they are great for getting rid of the residual congestion. If you are fever free and otherwise feeling well, you can begin exercising ! ...Read more

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I've had a sore throat for three days. And when I urinate it's not so much painful, but it's a cross between mild burning and pain. What's going on?

I've had a sore throat for three days. And when I urinate it's not so much painful, but it's a cross between mild burning and pain. What's going on?

See a doctor: Burning with urination is not normal and suggests inflammation in the urethra(tube carrying urine out of the body). This can have several causes. The sore throat may or may not be related. A health care provider can help sort this out. ...Read more

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Hello, I've had a sore throat and cough for about three days now but this morning I woke up with the pain only in my left tonsil. I'm still coughing?

Hello,  I've had a sore throat and cough for about three days now but this morning I woke up with the pain only in my left tonsil. I'm still coughing?

Tonsillitis: The cough is the last symptom to leave and can linger. If you have had a sore throat for three days, it is probably a good idea to have a strep test. Sometimes, one tonsil can be more inflamed than the other. ...Read more

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Sore throat? I do have allergies but I had a sore throat on and off for past three days. I have been so tired to need cold water splashed on my face.

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Sore throat? I do have allergies but I had a sore throat on and off for past three days. I have been so tired to need cold water splashed on my face.

Likely just a cold: This may just be a cold. If symptoms last more than 10 days or gets progressive worse, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Severe sore throat on the left side for 7 days. No improvement been on penicillin for almost three full days.

Severe sore throat on the left side for 7 days. No improvement been on penicillin for almost three full days.

Virus: Unfortunately, most sore throats are caused by viral infections rather than bacterial infections such as Strep throat. Viral infections do not respond to penicillin. Hot showers, hot tea, gargling, and throat lozenges all help reduce the pain. If it persists, you will need to see your doctor for re-evaluation. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have been coughing, vominting after. Fever 100.0 for three days. Sore throat?

I have been coughing, vominting after. Fever 100.0 for three days. Sore throat?

Dr. can check throat: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or other virus (antibiotics usually not used), allergies or irritants, sinusitis, stomach reflux when asleep, etc... Usually, a person sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep and review the story to see if sinusitis or reflux might be a cause). ...Read more

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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more