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What makes a sore throat better?

What makes a sore throat better?

Help symptoms: 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 prevent future complications. 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. ...Read more

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How do you make a sore throat better?

How do you make a sore throat better?

Remedy: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. 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 >>. ...Read more

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What are some ways to make a sore throat feel better?

Sx relief: 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 prevent future complications. 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. ...Read more

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Can drinking liquor make my sore throat feel better?

Can drinking liquor make my sore throat feel better?

No: It is not a good idea todrink liquor for sore throat but gargles with warm salt water, suck on popsicles to help with pain, or chloraseptic otc ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat, fever (better by: with fluids, rest) (worsened by: dehydration (fluid loss), exercise or physical activity) (severi...

I am experiencing sore throat, fever (better by: with fluids, rest) (worsened by: dehydration (fluid loss), exercise or physical activity) (severi...

Inflammation: You probably have a viral if not a bacterial infection. Ibuprofen may help with the inflammation and pain. Some people like tea with honey or lemon. Cough drops can help. With a virus it takes 2-3 days to clear. Bacterial can take longer and you may need antibiotics. If not getting better in 3 days see an MD ...Read more

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I'm 22 I woke up with a sore scratchy throat last 2 days whow likely is throat cancer possible? My sore throat gets better throughout the dsy

I'm 22 I woke up with a sore scratchy throat last 2 days whow likely is throat cancer possible? My sore throat gets better throughout the dsy

Throat: Sounds like you have pharyngitis, an infection. Throat cancer is practically unheard of in a person your age. If your throat isn't feeling better in a week, visit your doctor to assess for strep, but the likely cause is viral pharyngitis. ...Read more

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I had fever 38.5c I have sore throat and my head ache. I am taking. 375g amoxicilin and my headache has got better and my sore throat is better. But I have sharp pain from time to time?

I had fever 38.5c I have sore throat and my head ache. I am taking. 375g amoxicilin and my headache has got better and my sore throat is better. But I have sharp pain from time to time?

Sore throat: Did your doctor evaluate you and prescribe the Amoxicillin with funny dosage? Was a strep test done? If the fever and headache are both gone, the fever might have been the cause of the headache. Perhaps strep caused the sore throat since it has gotten better. The intermittent sharp pain (on swallowing?) can be present within 2-3 days after the start of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Went to doc 6 days ago for sore throat it better but got dry cough. Ears feel like Fluid sometimes hard to pop. Taking clarithromycin and medrol pack?

Went to doc 6 days ago for sore throat it better but got dry cough. Ears feel like Fluid sometimes hard to pop. Taking clarithromycin and medrol pack?

Cough: Try delete for the cough. Try Flonase for the nasal congestion. May use afrjn for 3 days only for the stuffiness. Try to pop the ears.
May want to try to gargle warm salt water. 2 to 3 tsp to one quart of water.
Finish the antibiotics.
See your doctor if not better in 6 to 10 days ...Read more

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My sore throat was getting better now it feels irritated again and I also have a cough now?

My sore throat was getting better now it feels irritated again and I also have a cough now?

Allergies: Postnasal drainage can cause sore throat/ irritation triggering off a coughing spell to the point of choking and gagging on your own mucus. Try taking Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra to see if it helps. May need nasal spray like Nasacort (triamcinolone) AQ which is now available over the counter to help decrease boggy turbinates. See PCP if no better. ...Read more

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Every morning for a week I have woken up with a sore throat that gets better throughout the day. Could this be from the pollen? What should I do?

Every morning for a week I have woken up with a sore throat that gets better throughout the day. Could this be from the pollen? What should I do?

Allergies: It could be from a pollen allergy. You could try a course of over the counter allergy medicine, or just wait a while and see if it gets better. This is a good choice, especially if it's very mild. If your at all concerned, get an exam by your primary care physician to make sure it's not strep throat. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Meds for nonspecific esophageal dysmotility? Food sticks so heartburn & sore throat. Behavioral measures better (soft food, lots of water)?

Meds for nonspecific esophageal dysmotility? Food sticks so heartburn & sore throat. Behavioral measures better (soft food, lots of water)?

Diet and maybe meds: A difficult problem. Be sure it is not related to nerve issues such as in diabetic gastroparesis. Trying to eat small meals throughout the day (grazing) can help. Be sure to avoid irritants such as caffeine and tobacco as both make heartburn worse by relaxing the muscles at the opening of the stomach. Some meds like Erythromycin and metochopramide may be needed to stimulate movement. Fluids good. ...Read more

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Cigarette smoke like smell yet no one smokes. Cough, dry sore throat, nasal burns. Better when outside of house. Difficult breathing at times.?

Cigarette smoke like smell yet no one smokes. Cough, dry sore throat, nasal burns. Better when outside of house. Difficult breathing at times.?

Dryness: If you are exposed to frequent air conditioning you may be dealing with excessive dryness in your house. Occasionally asthma may present as a persistent dry cough also. Do you have any pets? Try to get rid of any dust collecting objects in your bedroom, also. See a pulmonologist if breathing difficulties persist. ...Read more

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4 yo son recently diagnosis with strep (+ rapid) fever and sore throat are getting better after 24 hrs of abx. No cold symptoms but now has dry cough; related?

Maybe, maybe not.: Typically strep throat alone rarely produces cough--there is almost always something else involved when a cough joins an infected throat such an a sinus infection or 2nd illness (not previously appreciated until the strep begins to improve) such as mycoplasma. The antibiotic for strep will not treat mycoplasma infection; therefore, the best advice is to call your md noting this change in symptoms. ...Read more

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2.5 days sick w/ low fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, tired. Feeling better but left tonsil bleeds when touched & reoccurring tonsil stones.

2.5 days sick w/ low fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, tired. Feeling better but left tonsil bleeds when touched & reoccurring tonsil stones.

Need an exam: This HT tap is not designed to diagnose and treat illness. If your feeling sick, as your question suggests, you should see a physician who can examine you and make a proper diagnosis.

Get well soon. ...Read more

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Are there any good home remedies to help a sore throat fell and get better quickly?

Home remedy: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. 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 >>. ...Read more

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How can I make my baby’s sore throat and cough feel better?

How can I make my baby’s sore throat and cough feel better?

Soothing sore throat: Many times, when your child is sick, the best thing you can do is soothe and treat their symptoms while their body heals. For sore throat, try cool liquids, a vaporizer and Acetaminophen or ibuprofen. For coughs, use nasal saline drops or spray, a vaporizer, elevate the head of the bed and give plenty of fluids. Most cough medicines do very little to stop coughing! ...Read more

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I had a bad cold, and now I wake up every morning with a bad sore throat that gets slowly better through out the day.

I had a bad cold, and now I wake up every morning with a bad sore throat that gets slowly better through out the day.

May be strep: New throat pain can be strep throat (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antivirals may be used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (to see if a prescription is needed for strep throat). ...Read more

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27f- small lump on side of neck for 2 weeks. Doesn't hurt. Feels like little ball I can move around. Had cold/sore throat when 1st found- better now.

27f- small lump on side of neck for 2 weeks. Doesn't hurt. Feels like little ball I can move around. Had cold/sore throat when 1st found- better now.

How big?: If the mass is over 1 cm and not getting smaller and nontender I would recommend a full head and neck exam by an ent. If smaller and mobile and not getting bigger, probably nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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3 days flu, sore throat, body aches. Felt better, now temp 37.5, 24 hr worsening headache, severe ear and jaw pain, pain meds don't work. What cud be?

3 days flu, sore throat, body aches. Felt better, now temp 37.5, 24 hr worsening headache, severe ear and jaw pain, pain meds don't work. What cud be?

Sinusitis or Otitis?: It is not uncommon to develop a bacterial sinusitis or otitis media infection after initially developing a viral syndrome. Usually the viral symptoms begin to improve, then a secondary bacterial infection ensues. Seek medical attention to be evaluated to determine if you have a sinus or ear infection or other etiology for your symptoms, and to determine if you would benefit from antibiotics. ...Read more

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9days ago started out sneezing, headache, fatigue, sore throat. Got better now worse, been coughing for 5 days &coughing up yellow phlegm. Non smoker.21yrs?

9days ago started out sneezing, headache, fatigue, sore throat. Got better now worse, been coughing for 5 days &coughing up yellow phlegm. Non smoker.21yrs?

Mgt: I would suggest checking your temperature, fluids and rest. If you have fever spikes or worsening cough, a visit with your physician is advised. The cough should clear up if uncomplicated, in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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Had sore throat that got better taking Zyrtec (cetirizine) and ibuprofen but now have a sharp ache on the right side of my throat when yawning. Cause of concern?

Had sore throat that got better taking Zyrtec (cetirizine) and ibuprofen but now have a sharp ache on the right side of my throat when yawning. Cause of concern?

Therapy: You will feel better if you will keep ibuprofen 3 times a day : 2 tab at once=400 mg. And honey with hot tea for 3-5 days. If the jaw pain get worse make apt with dr. ...Read more

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I have sore throat?

I have sore throat?

Many possibilities: This could be from a viral or bacterial infection, from sleeping with your mouth open, and breathing through it so that it dehydrates. If you are concerned that this may be strep throat and need treatment, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have sore throat?

I have sore throat?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees a doctor if a sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and acetaminophen can decrease pain. ...Read more

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Sore throat systoms?

Sore throat systoms?

What to do.: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a 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 amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease pain. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

Sore throat: 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 prevent future complications. Consider Tylenol or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: Mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Can gargle with Aloe Vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat?

I have a sore throat?

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol or Motrin can help decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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Sore throat with pain?

Maybe antibiotics: Sore throat can be caused by virus or bacteria. I would recommend that you see a doctor and get a rapid strep and culture. If it is strep, you will need a prescription for an antibiotic. In the meantime there are lots of soothing otc lozenges for relief of pain. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin also help with the pain. ...Read more

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How to heal sore throat?

How to heal sore throat?

It depends: Many sore throats are viral and will go away without treatment. Gargle with warm salt water several times a day and eat ice cream or drink cold drinks for comfort. You can find some lozenges that will numb the throat but they will also numb the tongue, which some people don't like. If you also have a fever, headache, bad breath, or swollen glands in your neck, you should be checked. ...Read more

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How to cure sore throat?

How to cure sore throat?

Doctor can evaluate: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or mild flu (antibiotics are not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away in a day or two (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease throat pain, for 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Sore throat. What to do?

Sore throat. What to do?

Sore throat: Greetings. This is one of those questions that my knee jerk response would be to say, "take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen and call me in the morning. " A sore throat could come from a a number of causes. But with the information you shared, I'd say try a pain relief medication and if it worsens or begins to worry you then seek further care in an ER or your doctor's office. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to cure sore throat?

How to cure sore throat?

Sore throat: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a 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 amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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Sore throat medications?

Sore throat medications?

OTC pain meds: Many people think in terms of a gargle but Ibuprofen is pretty good at pain relief & should help your throat. Tylenol (acetaminophen) comes in a liquid for people who's sore throat makes it hard to swallow pills. ...Read more

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What helps a sore throat?

Depends: Knowing the cause of the symptom will direct the type of treatment needed. For example: a viral upper respiratory infection - otc analgesics; bacterial infection - antibiotics; reflux - reflux dietary changes ± meds. Recommend medical evaluation to determine cause to dictate treatment. ...Read more

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