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Persistent Sore Throat
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
Sore throat: Time to go to ENT for evaluation ...Read more
What does a persistent sore throat mean? What could be the likely causes for a sore throat lasting more than two weeks?
Many possibilities: Without more detailed information about the location, the type of soreness, its relationship to other activities, and ancillary symptoms it is impossible to tell what this is due to. Any illness lasting more than two weeks, however, deserves a thorough evaluation. See your primary care physician and if needed they can refer you to an ear nose and throat doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had this persistent sore throat for about a week now and I've done everything but to no avail. It's getting no worse & no better.
Drinking alcohol?: I think you already know the answer to this. ...Read more
I've had a persistent sore throat for over a month now, the doctors have looked and said there is nothing there. What could it be?
All around are sick (flu) my body is fighting it. Have a moderate persistent sore throat. Should i take medicine as if having a full blown flu?
Influenza: Unless you have been definitively diagnosed with influenza by a swab demonstrating its presence, your symptoms may be due to a dozen or more different viruses (adeno, parainfluenza, and so on). Antiviral therapy with tamiflu (oseltamivir) will be ineffective against these, and you should see a doctor and be evaluated before doing this. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: For significantly sore throat w/ swollen tonsils/lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. R/O mono. 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
It would be best: Most prolonged sore throats are caused by moderate conditions, such as nasal allergies, mouth-breathing, acid reflux, etc. Some are caused by activities, such as smoking or consuming alcohol, that can lead to serious conditions. Once in a while, persistent throat pain suggests a more serious condition. If it seems to be going on forever, a doctor's appointment would be best. ...Read more
That would be: prudent. Take care.Get a more detailed answer ›
Had a persistent sore throat since starting xyzal (levocetirizine) 2 weeks ago. Is this likely to go away over time? Reason to stop the drug?
I have a persistent sore throat morning and night are the worst. I have went to several doctors and they just say the same thing&give me amoxicillin?
For about 5 days I've had a persistent sore throat where it only hurts if I swallow anything, I am not sick because everything else is fine any ideas?
Strep?: Even if you otherwise feel well, you should consider having a throat swab test for strep. ...Read more
I have a persistent sore throat for almost 2 months.culture normal and drs says nthg wrong.could it be due to GERD? Im taking antiacid but still pain.
What can I do about persistent sore throat caused by, i think, post-nasal drip which i definitely have? I don't have a fever or cold.
Treat the drip..: Treating the cause/drip is the way to go... Currently, steroid nasal sprays are first-line treatment for nasal allergies. Antihistamines such as zyrtec/claritin/allegra/benadryl (available otc) may help, but steroid still the best. Often nasal allergies/congestion cause you to breath via mouth during sleep and thus inducing the sore throat. I suggest consulting your doc for eval/treat. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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