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Sore Throat From Radiation
Yes: The neck is small and the throat is right there. So radiation will go through the throat and cause soreness. There should be medicines that can help. ...Read more
I had a radical neck dissection followed by radiation 7 years ago. If I get a sore throat I get very inflamed and very tender lymph nodes. Is his norm?
When you get sore throat n flew-ish symptoms....Will you get better quicker if you lay out in the sun, or go running?
No: Your body needs to rest while it it healing itself. Also the sun produces ultraviolet rays that can inhibit the immune system in the skin. ...Read more
I've had a sore throat since januaray 3rd I was tested 3 times and all tests came back negative strep tests. I went back 2 weeks ago (its now april) n I had a positive test finally finished my meds bout 2 weeks ago n my throat still hurts. I am a female
I've had a sore throat for about a week. It started on the left side of my throat then switched to the right and is now back to the left side and is n?
Get an exam: More history and an exam with a throat culture are needed. Do you have a fever? Do you have vomiting, diarrhea, pain, or any other problems? Do you smoke? How is your appetite? I suggest rest, good nutrition with a multi-vitamin and vitamin C supplement daily, drink a lot of fluids, do not smoke, drink alcohol or use illicit drugs, and go to a clinic for a physical exam and standard tests. ...Read more
OTC Cold Drugs: This article provides some useful tips==>http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/76285-overthecounter-cold-medicines/. You don't want to over medicate, but a short term combination of readily available meds can help you feel better and sleep at night. Be cautious of drugs containing Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) if you have high blood pressure or a heart condition, though. ...Read more
Cold vs flu:
In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, chills, marked aching of muscles and joints & significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu.
Swine flu may also be associated with GI symptoms. ...Read more
Pretty bad sore throat for about a week n half no other symptom my 6 year old just got over severe strep, I have no other strep symptoms. Could it be it?
Wakeup every morn with a foul taste and thick mucus like white substance. This morning wokeup sore throat and looked n saw it on my throat. What is it?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Home remedies: I agree with dr. Kwok. Saltwater gargles help. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice is good. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced organic ginger. Steep for at least five minutes in a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs of honey. Sip. ...Read more
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