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I have a sore throat (only) but I'm pretty sure I'm catching cold. Should i not wear contact lenses today to prevent them from getting infected?

I have a sore throat (only) but I'm pretty sure I'm catching cold. Should i not wear contact lenses today to prevent them from getting infected?

No: As long as your eyes are not affected by the likely viral upper respiratory tract infection (no redness to eyes, no discharge, no pain), then wearing contacts should be ok. If symptoms change however, switch to glasses. ...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 and I think I'm catching cold but flu hasn't started, I don't have any other symptoms yet. Should i not wear contact lenses?

I have a sore throat and I think I'm catching cold but flu hasn't started, I don't have any other symptoms yet. Should i not wear contact lenses?

No: As long as your eyes are not affected by the likely viral upper respiratory tract infection (no redness to eyes, no discharge, no pain), then wearing contacts should be ok. If symptoms change however, switch to glasses. ...Read more

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I just started catching a cold. So far I just have a sore throat. It really hurts to swallow I can't eat /drink anything. What can I do for it go away?:(

I just started catching a cold. So far I just have a sore throat. It really hurts to swallow I can't eat /drink anything. What can I do for it go away?:(

Needs to be checked: It is not unusual to have pain in throat when you have cold and most of the time it goes away by itself without any treatment in a week. But since you have sore throat which hurts to swallow, we need to rule out Strep throat infection. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with a sore throat and runny nose. Lovely! :(I'm catching a cold. My life becomes upside down when I'm sick. How can I cure cold?

I woke up this morning with a sore throat and runny nose. Lovely! :(I'm catching a cold. My life becomes upside down when I'm sick. How can I cure cold?

Common cold: Unfortunately the common cold has no cure. Despite many "remedies" which are touted to "shorten" or "cure" viral illness, it is the human body, not the human, which cures itself. Assuming you are healthy, maintain good fluid intake, rest, and do your best to avoid turning upside down. ...Read more

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How do cold beverages aggravate cough, colds and sore throat?

How do cold beverages aggravate cough, colds and sore throat?

They don't: Cold beverages and popsicles can be quite soothing if you have a sore throat or upper respiratory tract infection. ...Read more

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I feel a cold coming on, sore throat etc., is there anything I can do to keep it from getting worse?

I feel a cold coming on, sore throat etc., is there anything I can do to keep it from getting worse?

Zinc: Taking zinc tablets at the first sign of a cold will help. A common one is Zincam but other generic brands are avilable. ...Read more

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How can you stop my sore throat becoming a cold?

How can you stop my sore throat becoming a cold?

Hmm: You could have an upper respiratory infection that has congestion & sore throat as sxs. Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & asmall amt. Of lemon. ...Read more

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What can I do for a persistent sore throat after cold?

What can I do for a persistent sore throat after cold?

Soreness: 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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What to do if I could feel a sore throat / cold coming?

What to do if I could feel a sore throat / cold coming?

What to do:: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see ...Read more

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What to do if I have persistent sore throat after cold?

What to do if I have persistent sore throat after cold?

Sore throat: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider & get a streph throat test & culture. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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What is the best way to help a cold and sore throat pain?

What is the best way to help a cold and sore throat pain?

Cold: Drink plenty of fluids, gargle warm salt water, medications like tylenol, (acetaminophen) Ibuprofen and chloraseptic spray are helpful, get plenty of rest, if symptoms become severe or are not better in a week, see a doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I could feel a sore throat / cold coming what do I do?

What to do if I could feel a sore throat / cold coming what do I do?

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

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Can you suggest some good medicine in homeo for cold and sore throat?

Can you suggest some good medicine in homeo for cold and sore throat?

Several suggestions: Xlear nasal spray, over the counter, and nasal saline mist, such as 'Simply Saline' or the Neti-Pot used 3 or 4 times daily, are helpful for cold symptoms. Warm salt water gargles or warm water (4 ounces) with a tablespoon of peroxide, gargled and spit out (not swallowed) several times daily are also usually helpful. However, if symptoms last more than a week, see your doctor or ENT. ...Read more

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When can you tell whether an excruciating sore throat is a cold? How?

When can you tell whether an excruciating sore throat is a cold? How?

Sxs: Sxs of strep throat can include: large, red painful tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on the roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on the neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue & rash. 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 >>. ...Read more

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I am suffering from cold and sore throat. Looking for any good tablets for cure?

Sore throat/cold: If you are able take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for your cold and sore throat symptoms. Most lozenges are about the same. The pharmacist will help you choose one. All the best. ...Read more

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Cold symptom sore throat any easy way to reduce symptom other than taking medicine?

Cold symptom sore throat any easy way to reduce symptom other than taking medicine?

Cold sx's: Tips: Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen / NSAID’s Rest!! ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to help reduce the chances of my sore throat progressing into a full-blown cold?

Is there anything I can do to help reduce the chances of my sore throat progressing into a full-blown cold?

This can help v sxs.: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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I woke up with a random sore throat that has persisted for two days. Will it get worse if I take cold showers?

I woke up with a random sore throat that has persisted for two days. Will it get worse if I take cold showers?

No but why do it?: You probably have a viral pharyngitis. A cold shower won't make it worse but it will certainly not help. Unless you live in a very warm tropical climate why not take a warm shower? ...Read more

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I woke up with a random sore throat that has persisted for 2 days now. Will it get worse if I take cold showers?

Sore throat: Many causes most infection related. Not all. Cool shower can drop body temperature and effect mucocilliary activity in chest. May encourage infection in chest. Rare. ...Read more

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I have started with a sore throat and it has developed into a cold and I also have violent outbursts of coughing?

I have started with a sore throat and it has developed into a cold and I also have violent outbursts of coughing?

Mgt: I would suggest checking that your vaccination to pertussis or whooping cough is up to date. If it worsens, rather than improves or is associated with fever, a follow up visit with your PCP is indicated.
Most likely this is a viral illness which will improve over the next one week. Warm soothing liquids, tea/honey and rest is advised. ...Read more

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Woke up w/ sore throat 10 days ago that turned into cold 2 days later & cold seems gone but can't stop coughing & is waking me up at night. What 2 do?

Woke up w/ sore throat 10 days ago that turned into cold 2 days later & cold seems gone but can't stop coughing & is waking me up at night. What 2 do?

That happens: It's been happening iwth all my patients lately. But with any bronchitis, the inflammation stays for weeks after the infection is gone.
Humidity might help, Mostly it is a reason for prescriptions that work on lung inflammation. Stronger or weaker ones depending on the amount of inflammation. ...Read more

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Thought I was getting over a cold from few weeks ago then came down with a sore throat with what felt like a high temp, i also felt delirious in night?

Thought I was getting over a cold from few weeks ago then came down with a sore throat with what felt like a high temp, i also felt delirious in night?

Need a doctor: This is not a site for individual diagnosis. You need to be seen and examined and provide a full detailed history. It sounds as if you may be quite ill and would suggest you visit your pcp asap. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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How could I get over my cold and sore throat?

Sx relief: 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. For congestion – ...Read more

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I have a cold and a sore throat what should I take?

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

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Not gaining weight after sore throat and cold onset.

Not gaining weight after sore throat and cold onset.

Your body : Is still in recovery mode. You may need way more calories during this time than you are uses to. and be careful to get enoug rest and not to overdue it to gain weight you Jane to take in more healthy calories than you are burning ...Read more

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