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Scratchy Throat Dry Cough
Sounds like a virus: Sore throat, crusty eyes and cough sound like a virus but not typical symptoms of the flu. Flu symptoms usually cause high fever, lethargy, body aches in the winter months depending on your location. If you are having difficulty swallowing due to your sore throat you may want to be seen to check for streptoccal pharyngitis. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
URI: can very well be viral Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. So rest, fluids , painkillers, unless contraindicated, salt water gargles and saline nasal washes, if no improvement in 24-48 hours see your doctor, good luck ...Read more
Perhaps allergies?: If you have had this issue that is linked to a particular season or exposure to a location, like a friend's place where there is a cat, you could be suffering from allergies. Smoking can also cause similar symptoms. A physical exam would be very helpful in determining the problem. You could try using over the counter antihistamines like loratidine to see if that lessens your symptoms. ...Read more
Viral: Most times these are signs of a viral respiratory illness. Unfortunately there is no cure for a virus. It needs to run it's course. The old saying is it lasts 7 days if you treat it, a week if you don't. Worrisome signs would be chest pain, shortness of breath with activity, high fevers or vomiting. ...Read more
Bad Headache nausea dry stuffy nose coughing chest congestion dry eyes no fever started with sore throat three days ago?
Sore throats tricky: It's so hard to predict accurately when a sore throat IS NOT a strep throat. Your symptoms SOUND like either viral pharyngitis or allergic, right? But, you could also have strep. I would drink fluids, take a little something to knock the pain down a little, maybe some Motrin, and get a strep test done...you can go to a Minute Clinic or something....but I'd get it done. ...Read more
Cough 5+ days, constant cloudy/yellow phlegm lodged in throat-occasionally cough up. Sore throat, No fever, Dry nose, No smell/taste & Cracking Voice?
Could be: 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 . ** or add 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 itchinessor a few times per day. Slippery elm bark lozenges are also helpful. ...Read more
Many conditions: From your description, this may be an influenza infection, or another respiratory infection. Your PCP may screen you for the flu and start Tamiflu (oseltamivir) within 48 hrs as indicated. A strep screen may also be performed at the same time. Typically viral illness self resolve within 10 days. ...Read more
Chills, shaking, sweating, fever, dry cough, nausea, diarrhea, chest pain, dizziness, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, fatigue, hoarse voice, green sno?
Viral infection: Sounds upper respiratory infection which can result in bronchitis, nasal congestion, and sore throat. Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea can also occur. . Fever and chills may indicate superimposed bacterial infection and pneumonia on viral process. You should consult physician for examination , possible testing, and proper therapy.. ...Read more
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