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What is better for strep or a sore throat.... Gargle with warm salt water or warm baking soda water? I tried diluted poroxide water, too much foam.

What is better for strep or a sore throat.... Gargle with warm salt water or warm baking soda water?  I tried diluted poroxide water, too much foam.

Peroxide best: I recommend half- strength peroxide to my patients. Instead of gargling take half a mouthful and lean back and swish the solution for a minute or two before spitting it out. Repeat 2 additional times. Peroxide has antiseptic properties which is helpful during an infection. ...Read more

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It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Sore throat feels like a pimple on the back of my tongue used sore throat gargle(betadine) on the right side its painfull when i swallow?

Sore throat feels like a pimple on the back of my tongue used sore throat gargle(betadine)  on the right side its painfull when i swallow?

Warm salt water rins: The safest and most effective attempt at causing that pimple area to go away is warm salt water rinses. Do it for a couple of minutes, 4-5 times a day. If the pimple continues, contact an otolaryngologist to evaluate the pimple area. ...Read more

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I am sore throat, when i gargle, blood coming from my throat what should I do?

I am sore throat, when i gargle, blood coming from my throat  what should I do?

See a doctor ASAP: This is grossly abnormal and needs thorough investigation. Go and see your PCP and if they cannot get to the root of this they may refer you to an ENT specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Woke up w/ sore throat so i gargled with salt water. There's a little blood in the mucus from the back of my throat. Is this normal?

Woke up w/ sore throat so i gargled with salt water. There's a little blood in the mucus from the back of my throat. Is this normal?

Yes.: I would say that in context that you don't have more symptoms that stated. The mucous dries up the very superficial (to the surface) blood vessels in the back of the nose and the throat that they pop and cause some blood that people can taste on waking up. Take care of the sore throat and enjoy your turkey. ...Read more

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I must teach tomorrow. I have a hoarse and sore throat. Will salt water gargle help?

I must teach tomorrow. I have a hoarse and sore throat. Will salt water gargle help?

Probably.: Salt water draws excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less. It also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat. An anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen will help to decrease the inflammation further. ...Read more

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Will a gargle help a sore throat?

Will a gargle help a sore throat?

Helps it feel better: If sore throat is from a common virus, gargling will certainly make it feel better in the short term. Yes, your probably killing a whole bunch of germs (virus or bacteria) when you gargle but they come back (multiply) pretty darn fast. So don't gargle to get rid of a sore throat faster, gargle cause it makes you feel better for a few minutes. ...Read more

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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

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