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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 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 does a persistent sore throat mean? What could be the likely causes for a sore throat lasting more than two weeks?

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 more

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I have a persistent sore throat after drinking, help?

I have a persistent sore throat after drinking, help?

Drinking alcohol?: I think you already know the answer to this. ...Read more

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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?

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

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If I have a persistent sore throat, should I see a doctor?

If I have a persistent sore throat, should I see a doctor?

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

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I have persistent sore throat, do I need to see a doctor?

I have persistent sore throat, do I need to see a doctor?

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

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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?

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?

Stop xyzal (levocetirizine): Two weeks is long enough to try a medicine that does not seem to make a difference. Try another medicine like Claritin (loratadine) or Allegra or see you doctor to make sure it is not something else. ...Read more

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Can a side effect of laser surgery on the neck be a persistent sore throat?

Can a side effect of laser surgery on the neck be a persistent sore throat?

Extremely unlikely: Laser surgery on the skin of the neck should not cause a sore throat. You should see your primary care physician to help determine what might be causing this. ...Read more

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Please help! persistent sore throat, recent jaw pain and slight headache to the right side?

Please help! persistent sore throat, recent jaw pain and slight headache to the right side?

Wisdom tooth ?: Hard to say without an exam, but it is a good place to start. Make a call to a local dentist to have yourself evaluated. ...Read more

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Persistent sore throat and soft palate pain for months. Moderate smoker with very mild reflux. Oral exam and laryngoscopy normal. Next to do?

Persistent sore throat and soft palate pain for months. Moderate smoker with very mild reflux. Oral exam and laryngoscopy normal. Next to do?

This answer: is NOT meant "lightly".....STOP SMOKING!! and get some treatment for the refux....


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