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Doctor insights on: Sore Throat But No Stuffy Nose

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What do I do to get rid of a sore throat and a stuffy nose?

What do I do to get rid of a sore throat and a stuffy nose?

Sore throat : 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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How can I fall asleep with a sore throat and a stuffy nose?

How can I fall asleep with a sore throat and a stuffy nose?

Consider: Taking a decongestant. 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. ...Read more

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Started with sore throat. Then runny stuffy nose. Temp got to 100.3. But was outside in heat working. Any liquids taste bad. Can this be a viral?

Started with sore throat. Then runny stuffy nose. Temp got to 100.3. But was outside in heat working. Any liquids taste bad. Can this be a viral?

Sore thoat: Probably viral. If it chamges to colored yellow or brownish like pus you may need an antibiotic. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol if you are coming down with a cold. It wi make you dehydrated and not as able to fight off the cold. Good luck. Have a good weekend! ...Read more

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Coughing up mucus. Sore throat, running and stuffy nose.

Coughing up mucus.  Sore throat, running and stuffy nose.

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

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I have a sore throat with a stuffy nose and a metalic taste in my mouth. What should I do?

I have a sore throat with a stuffy nose and a metalic taste in my mouth. What should I do?

See your MD: Stuffy nose & sore throat both indicate an ENT source- they could be associated with a change in taste- Your MD / ENT is best qualified to diagnose. You may want to rule out any dental source for the metallic flavor such as leaking restorations, broken Dillon's or decayed teeth! ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and a stuffy nose and sore muscles, do I have a cold or the flu? It is cold outside

I have a sore throat and a stuffy nose and sore muscles, do I have a cold or the flu? It is cold outside

Weather not reason: You can get ill with the flu at any time of the year, not just in winter. Typically, colds and flu are different since the flu will give you the body aches and chills more strongly than a cold. Both are caused by viruses so antibiotics don't help! ...Read more

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Started as sore throat. Then runny stuffy nose. Now ear infection. If ear left untreated can anything bad happen?

Started as sore throat. Then runny stuffy nose. Now ear infection. If ear left untreated can anything bad happen?

Otitis media: Although your body is usually capable of clearing ear infections without treatment, a persistent infection is capable of producing complications such as extension of the infection to other areas or hearing loss. Your doctor should be consulted if you are not feeling better soon. ...Read more

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Sore throat. No fever. Stuffy nose. Pain in shoulders. No loss of appetite. Happened suddenly. Dry/wheezing cough.

Sore throat. No fever. Stuffy nose. Pain in shoulders. No loss of appetite. Happened suddenly. Dry/wheezing cough.

Early URI: This sounds like you're starting with an Upper Respiratory tract Infection (URI). Often the cause is a virus, and if you think back of who you might have been in close contact with — you may 'figure out' what germ you have. The important thing is to keep track of your symptoms, and try to manage them as best you can — Tylenol, Robitussin, chicken soup, REST -etc. If symptoms worsen, see a doctor. ...Read more

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What type of cold/flu/infections is this? My symptoms are watery eyes, sore throat, bloody nose, stuffy nose, bloody popped ear drums and my mucus is bloody brown with dark green.

What type of cold/flu/infections is this? My symptoms are watery eyes, sore throat, bloody nose, stuffy nose, bloody popped ear drums and my mucus is bloody brown with dark green.

How : How long have you had symptoms? These symptoms sound like a viral respiratory tract infection. This is also allergy season and many symptoms overlap. If symptoms are longer than 7-10 days without improvement, it could be bacterial and you can go to your doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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I have a slight cold. A bit of coughing, slightly sore throats and a stuffy nose. I'm not running a temperature. Any recommendations on what I should?

I have a slight cold. A bit of coughing, slightly sore throats and a stuffy nose. I'm not running a temperature. 
Any recommendations on what I should?

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs multiply. It is found in a nasal spray called Xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Pleasant tasting too! Please see doc for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you know if ear infection is viral or bacteria? Started with sore throat then runny stuffy nose

How do you know if ear infection is viral or bacteria? Started with sore throat then runny stuffy nose

Viral otitis: The only way you can know for certain which type of infection is present, is by having the middle ear fluid sent for a culture. Usually, your doctor will be able to determine if you require specific treatment by the history or your symptoms and the physical findings. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, no tonsils, stuffy nose ear pain, head pressure and irritability?

I have a sore throat, no tonsils, stuffy nose ear pain, head pressure and irritability?

Allergies: You possibly have an allergic rhinitis. But the earache always need to be checked by doctor as there are possibilities of serious complications of untreated ear infection. ...Read more

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My daughter has headache, sore throat, stomach ache, stuffy nose, sore/stiff neck. Yesterday when symptoms started she developed a migraine. No fever?

My daughter has headache, sore throat, stomach ache, stuffy nose, sore/stiff neck.  Yesterday when symptoms started she developed a migraine. No fever?

Im concerned : About the stiff neck and migraine how old is she and if these symptoms have persisted I would speak with your primary care doc or pediatrician ...Read more

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Sore throat and stuffy nose what should I do?

Sore throat and stuffy nose what should I do?

See below: I would recommend an over the counter decongestant either phenylephrine nose drops or spray or pseudephedrine tablets (the ones locked up behind the counter). Use them for only 3-4 days to avoid rebound phenomenon. You could also take tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief and throat lozenges for sore throat. Keep yourself well hydrated and you should get better soon. ...Read more

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Sore throat and stuffy nose when I wake up but disappeares during the day what could this be?

Several causes: Another common cause of these symptoms is acid reflux at night. When you lie down acid can come up from your stomach and cause swelling in your nose as well as irritation of your throat. ...Read more

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What can I take for sore throat cough stuffy nose?

What can I take for sore throat cough stuffy nose?

My favorites: When I have those symptoms I take ibuprofen and dayquil / nyquil (generic is OK). ...Read more

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Sore throat and stuffy nose after guardasil how long will this last?

Sore throat and stuffy nose after guardasil how long will this last?

Likely not related: Hi. Your symptoms a likely unrelated to the Gardasil vaccination. It is more probable that you have another process, like a virus or cold, at the same time that you received the vaccine. Get well soon! ...Read more

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Sore throat runny stuffy nose been coughing for three months what can this be how can it get better female 17 also lots of mucous

Sore throat runny stuffy nose been coughing for three months what can this be how can it get better female 17 also lots of mucous

Please get checked.: It could be from really bad allergies and post nasal drip, but also could be something more serious. If this were going on just a week, it'd be less concerning... But three months is a long time. Please get checked! ...Read more

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Are there any home remedy for sore throat and stuffy nose?

Are there any home remedy for sore throat and stuffy nose?

Remedies: 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. Add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Sore throat and stuffy nose should be a strep throat, right?

Sore throat and stuffy nose should be a strep throat, right?

See below: Strep throat is not normally associated with nasal congestion or other URI symptoms. So, unlikely to be strep throat. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, chills, headache, and stuffy nose. What is it?

I have a sore throat, chills, headache, and stuffy nose. What is it?

Cold: Sounds like the onset of a cold or flu. Drink lots of water, hydrate and try otc treatment for relief. If it gets worse, check it out with your doctor ...Read more

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Is there a pain reliever that I can use for my sore throat and stuffy nose?

Is there a pain reliever that I can use for my sore throat and stuffy nose?

Agree w Dr. Ummat: Additionally, — 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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I have severe sore throat, cough, stuffy nose. How to treat/ease throat pain?

I have severe sore throat, cough, stuffy nose. How to treat/ease throat pain?

Options: Rest, hydrate well with water & stay far, far away from cigarette smoke. You can keep mucosa moist with a humidifier. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Slippery elm bark lozenges are another option. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Consider use of tylenol (acetaminophen) or non-steroidal anti-inflammories. See below. ...Read more

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