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Is it OK to gargle with Dettol (or dilute it with cold water) to treat a sore throat? Is diluting necessary? Thanks

Is it OK to gargle with Dettol (or dilute it with cold water) to treat a sore throat? Is diluting necessary? Thanks

NO: Absolutely not. I do not recommned any chemicals to treat a sore throat.
Have you tried over the counter lozenges? If you have not, you can try warm salt water. ...Read more

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Why I can't drink cold drinks anymore every time I drink cold drink or cold water I get sore throat?

Why I can't drink cold drinks anymore every time I drink cold drink or cold water I get sore throat?

Esophageal spasm: Cold liquids can sometimes trigger spasms of the esophagus. Esophageal spasms can cause difficulty swallowing (dysphasia) or pain. Suggest you see a gastroenterologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Would swabbing my nose with salt water be of any benefit in the early stages of sore throat/cold?

Would swabbing my nose with salt water be of any benefit in the early stages of sore throat/cold?

Not really: If you want to relieve congestion, you can do nasal saline irrigation but, lightly swabbing the nasal cavity with a wet applicator will do almost nothing. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat. Is it good to gargle with a mouthwash like listerine advanced, or warm salty water is better?

I have a sore throat. Is it good to gargle with a mouthwash like listerine advanced, or warm salty water is better?

It is very good: There are many ways to treat sore throat pain. You can use cough drops, throat lozenges, salt water, but the best home remedy for sore throat pain relief is a combo Listerine, (or your favorite mouthwash) and hydrogen peroxide. Of course consult your physician before using any remedy and stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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Every time I drinking plain water cold or not I get sore throat. I'm not sick and if I add flavoring it don't hurt just with plain water it does.

Every time I drinking plain water cold or not I get sore throat. I'm not sick and if I add flavoring it don't hurt just with plain water it does.

You have the answer: You may add non-caloric flavoring. Try some fruit flavoring, eg. With slices of lemon, orange, strawberries etc, rather than chemical flavoring.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...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.

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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Hi! I have been having a sore throat for 4 days and a stuffy nose and cold! With my throat I sometimes can't swallow my saliva and water and food some?

Hi! I have been having a sore throat for 4 days and a stuffy nose and cold! With my throat I sometimes can't swallow my saliva and water and food some?

Sore Throat: Yikes! Not good if you feel you can't swallow your own saliva...it could be a wide variety of things including viral like mononucleosis or strept and something serious like an abscess. I would try chloraseptic spray and something cool like Popsicles but please have a parent or guardian take you in to be seen ASAP. Let me know how you are doing if you get a chance. ...Read more

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I have recently got cold symptoms like a runny nose, dry and sore throat and just today my eye has not stopped watering its quite irritating help pls!

I have recently got cold symptoms like a runny nose, dry and sore throat and just today my eye has not stopped watering its quite irritating help pls!

Viral conjunctivitis: Sounds like viral conjunctivitis. Is the eye red with mattering in the morning? If so, you can wait it out, use cold compresses and artificial tears. If that's insufficient, then see an eye doctor. They can prescribe medication which may help alleviate the scratchiness. ...Read more

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Haven't been feeling good the last 2 weeks. Been very dizzy, have a headache here and there, legs feel weak, sore throat every once and awhile. Having troubles eating. Nothing agreeing with me when I eat. Can really only drink water.?

Haven't been feeling good the last 2 weeks. Been very dizzy, have a headache here and there, legs feel weak, sore throat every once and awhile. Having troubles eating. Nothing agreeing with me when I eat. Can really only drink water.?

No help online: You need to be seen by your doctor, for good history and physical examination, can't really help you on this limited platform, with such few information, good luck ...Read more

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How to cure a sore throat fast without salt water?

How to cure a sore throat fast without salt water?

Remedies: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Consider making tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain. ...Read more

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How does gargling salt water help treat a sore throat?

How does gargling salt water help treat a sore throat?

Symptomatic relief: Warm water gargles loosens the muscles of the throat and make it easier to swallow. It does not address the cause of sore throat.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Constant sore throat with rite rar feels like water dripping out of it?

Constant sore throat with rite rar feels like water dripping out of it?

Post nasal drainage: Sounds like you have sinus drainage that drains at the back of your throat, usually causes sore throat due to the constant irritation of the drainages. The eustachian tube of the ear and the nose and throat are all connected and that's why you may be hearing the drainage. Good health. ...Read more

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What could cause a sore throat? It hurts to swollow anything but water.

What could cause a sore throat? It hurts to swollow anything but water.

Viral pharyngitis: This sounds like standard viral pharyngitis. If you have high fever (over 101), white patches in the throat, or swollen tender lumps in your neck or under the jaw, see your doctor to get checked for other things, like strep throat. Otherwise no worries; it should get better soon. In the meantime, if severe pain try aspirin or acetaminophen and/or benzocaine lozenges (e.g. Cepacol and others). ...Read more

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I drink plenty of water, but I always wake up with a sore throat. Should I be worried?

I drink plenty of water, but I always wake up with a sore throat. Should I be worried?

Snoring: A sore throat in the morning is almost always related to snoring at night.
An oral appliance to go to bed with can help. See you dentist or someone who does sleep dentistry. ...Read more

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Some halls now. Later, I plan on gargling with salt water. Are there any other ways to soothe a sore throat?

Some halls now. Later, I plan on gargling with salt water. Are there any other ways to soothe a sore throat?

Remedies: Consider making tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain.
Consider adding 2 tsp of slippery elm bark to 1 cup of hot water (steep for at least 5 minutes in a covered teapot). Drink this as needed to relieve pain or a few times per day. Cont'd. ...Read more

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Do honey and warm water clear up bad sore throat?

For significant: Sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test / culture. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or 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. ...Read more

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How does gargling with warm salt water help a sore throat?

How does gargling with warm salt water help a sore throat?

Soothing: It is likely that the salt draws out some of the fluid in the inflamed tissues, therefore decreasing swelling. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a really sore throat and after I gargled with salt water and spat it out, there was also blood. Why/what is this?

Hi, I have a really sore throat and after I gargled with salt water and spat it out, there was also blood. Why/what is this?

Check your nose: Blood tinged sputum may be a sign you are having a nose bleed especially if the air is dry. ...Read more

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Will salt water ease a very sore throat that acid reflux is doing?

Generally yes.: That may work but its more important to deal with the reflux. See if the pharmacy may have the correct medicine or visit your physician ...Read more

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I must teach tomorrow. I have a hoarse and sore throat. Will salt water gargle help?

I must teach tomorrow. I have a hoarse and sore throat. Will salt water gargle help?

Probably.: Salt water draws excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less. It also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat. An anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen will help to decrease the inflammation further. ...Read more

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Would salt water help to ease very sore throat and gullet that are burned from acid reflux?

Would salt water help to ease very sore throat and gullet that are burned from acid reflux?

Probably not: If your symptoms are truly caused by acid reflux. Measures that would reduce acid exposure to your throat would be better, such as medicine to reduce acid secretion, alkali to neutralize acid, or mechanical maneuvers such as head elevation during sleep. Ask your doctor for specific advice. ...Read more

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I woke up with a sore throat, and when I swallow water it hurts. Does anyone know what this mightg be?

I woke up with a sore throat, and when I swallow water it hurts. Does anyone know what this mightg be?

Viral vs. Bacterial: The condition may be tonsillitis or pharyngitis (if you have no tonsills). Usually viral, but strep throat is a common thing as well. Usually presents without cough, but may cause fever and swollen lymph nodes. If plain tylenol/ibuprofen fails to help and especially if fever lasts >3 days, go see you doc. ...Read more

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M south indian. Are sore throats caused by some viruses. Will hot salt water gargling cures this sore throat by killing this viruses?

M south indian. Are sore throats caused by some viruses. Will hot salt water gargling cures this sore throat by killing this viruses?

See below: Hot salt water gargling will definitely help. It is one of the best initial treatments. However, it won't kill the virus. Your immune system does that. Gargling will clear out the mucus and contaminants from the air that get trapped. This can lead to discomfort, frequent coughing, and even secondary infections sometimes. Even if bacterial and you need antibiotics, I strongly recommend gargling. ...Read more

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Woke up w/ sore throat so I gargled with salt water. There's a little blood in the mucus from the back of my throat. Is this normal?

Woke up w/ sore throat so I gargled with salt water. There's a little blood in the mucus from the back of my throat. Is this normal?

Yes.: I would say that in context that you don't have more symptoms that stated. The mucous dries up the very superficial (to the surface) blood vessels in the back of the nose and the throat that they pop and cause some blood that people can taste on waking up. Take care of the sore throat and enjoy your turkey. ...Read more

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My throat is really painful if I gulp water or other drink. Normal swallowing is fine. It's not a sore throat type pain but it feels intense.

My throat is really painful if I gulp water or other drink. Normal swallowing is fine. It's not a sore throat type pain but it feels intense.

Sore throat: If you have any other signs and symptoms of a cold, then you could have an infection. If not an infection, then the next most like problem is reflux. Try an anti reflux med like over the counter Pepcid ac or zantac (ranitidine). Longer term you can take Prilosec (omeprazole) once or twice a day. Try this first for a week then see a doctor if no improvement good luck. ...Read more

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