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Had a sore neck, headache, stuffy nose & sore throat for 3 days. Is this just a cold?

Had a sore neck, headache, stuffy nose & sore throat for 3 days. Is this just a cold?

Sounds like...: If these symptoms have been going on just for there days and not severe or worsening over a period of the next week then should be resolved on its own. However in order to improve quicker plenty of fluids and rest are very important. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...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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Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Orthostatic headache: These headaches tend to be postural, i.e when patient develops a headache while vertical and the headache is relieved when horizontal. See your PCP for evaluation and tests. ...Read more

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Headache, stuffy nose, sore throat, what do I have?

Headache, stuffy nose, sore throat, what do I have?

This may be a: Common cold. 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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Coughing, moderate sore throat, no fever, headache, no stuffy nose, feel a little better in the day, worse at night. What should I take for it?

Coughing, moderate sore throat, no fever, headache, no stuffy nose, feel a little better in the day, worse at night. What should I take for it?

Cannot diagnose: Sounds superficially like a viral upper respiratory tract infection from which you will shortly recover, but cannot diagnose you long distant. Requires history and physical and perhaps some testing. Either see a doctor or use an otc preparation similar to nyquil for a day or so and see if that does not help. ...Read more

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What is best treatment for sore throat stuffy nose earache n headache? At home trearments prefered ans breastfeedinf safe

What is best treatment for sore throat stuffy nose earache n headache? At home trearments prefered ans breastfeedinf safe

Symptomatic Treatmen: From what you describe it may be viral upper respiratory infection.
Symptomatic treatment with humidifier and steam inhalation. Over the counter medications for cold have medications that may not be safe for baby while breast feeding (too many varieties with many commercially available meds to specify which ones are not good). ...Read more

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Sore throat slight cough headache clogged ears stuffy nose what do I have?

Sore throat slight cough headache clogged ears stuffy nose what do I have?

Might be a cold: Virus. Cold symptoms can include nasal congestion, runny nose, coughing, headache, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, mild fever, feeling tired ; watery eyes. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. ...Read more

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Slight fever, headaches, chills, hot sweats, sore throat, stuffy nose and not wanting to eat. What could be wrong?

Slight fever, headaches, chills, hot sweats, sore throat, stuffy nose and not wanting to eat. What could be wrong?

See below: It sounds like you're coming down with a respiratory infection. We get over 99% of these with fluids, chicken soup and tylenol (acetaminophen). If symptoms become unbearable, see your doctor. ...Read more

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High temperature, sore throat, stiff neck, sweats headache behind eyes and back of head. It throbs when I stand up from bed but subsides. Hurts when cough.

High temperature, sore throat, stiff neck, sweats headache behind eyes and back of head. It throbs when I stand up from bed but subsides. Hurts when cough.

Sounds a lot: Like INFLUENZA (FLU!!!!) Drink lots of fluids, takes Aspirin or Acetominophen for the fever and REST!

If symptoms continue or worsen...Call your Primary Care Provider (PCP) for advice and possibly a hands on examination!
Good Luck BE WELL!
Dr Z ...Read more

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What is the cause of a yellow tongue, dizziness, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, and weakness/fatigue?

What is the cause of a yellow tongue, dizziness, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, and weakness/fatigue?

How long?: It depends on how long you have been sick! If this is 10 days or less it sounds like strep throat or another acute infection. A yellowish or whitish coated tongue can occur with strep. It is crucial that you get seen to rule out strep because untreated streptococcal infections can lead to rheumatic heart disease. So get thee to a doc ASAP! If you have had this a long time ask again w/details ...Read more

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I'm coughing and have green mucus, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, body aces, no fever

I'm coughing and have green mucus, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, body aces, no fever

Hard to tell: If you were in the urgent care I'd check to see if you have an ear, sinus or chest infection. Perhaps being seen in real life will give more answers. Good luck ...Read more

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I woke up with a stuffy nose, headache, sore throat, and chest pain. I have a doctor appt today but I was wanting to get an earlier opinion.

I woke up with a stuffy nose, headache, sore throat, and chest pain. I have a doctor appt today but I was wanting to get an earlier opinion.

Infection or allergy: While sometimes, allergies may present this way, the problem is more likely an infection, either bacterial or viral of the nose and throat. Your doctor should be able to distinguish and to properly treat you. ...Read more

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How long to waiting see dr. For a sore throat, stuffy nose, headache, fever, earache...Been only 4 days so far, miserable. And still have to go to work.

How long to waiting see dr. For a sore throat, stuffy nose, headache, fever, earache...Been only 4 days so far, miserable. And still have to go to work.

OTC: There are many products available on the otc market that will help manage symptoms of upper respiratory viral infections. Sounds like you may need a decongestant, analgesic and possibly other. It should not take long to be seen in an urgent care center if you cannot get a rapid appt with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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I accidentally left tampon in for 6 days. On day 5, I got headaches, sore throat, sneezing stuffy nose and im kind of achey. Toxic shock syndrome?

I accidentally left tampon in for 6 days. On day 5, I got headaches, sore throat, sneezing stuffy nose and im kind of achey. Toxic shock syndrome?

Toxic shock: You need full evaluation by a physician: complete history, physical examination with vital signs and if indicated basic laboratory tests ...Read more

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I believe I have a cold, runny/stuffy nose and headache and sore throat but my jaw is aching and my teeth in the back near my jaw. Is this normal?!?!

I believe I have a cold, runny/stuffy nose and headache and sore throat but my jaw is aching and my teeth in the back near my jaw. Is this normal?!?!

Sinus infection: Can lead to tooth pain which migrates from one tooth to another which crosses anatomical boundaries such as from the right side to the left side and the ear. See your PCP for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a sore throat due to cough, feeling cold, stuffy nose, slight headache, body ache, and fatigue?

How can I get rid of a sore throat due to cough, feeling cold, stuffy nose, slight headache, body ache, and fatigue?

Take care of you.: Tips: 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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Constant chest pain, fever, hot flashes, dry cough, stuffy nose, headache, sore throat. Had a cold for a week but this all started today.

Constant chest pain, fever, hot flashes, dry cough, stuffy nose, headache, sore throat. Had a cold for a week but this all started today.

Go to ER: If you are having constant chest pain you need to go the ER. If you are having chest pain only with a deep breath that is likely due to a bacterial bronchitis which might be due to strep. See your doc today or try Healthtap Prime for treatment (unless your chest pain is constant and you go to the ER). ...Read more

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Headache stuffy nose with clearn sometimes colored mucus cough producing yellowish green mucus tired weak. No fever no sore throat?

Headache stuffy nose with clearn sometimes colored mucus cough producing yellowish green mucus tired weak. No fever no sore throat?

Mgt: If it continues for three weeks or more, it may be a sinus infection requiring antibiotics. Nasal saline, fluids are rest are advised.
Virtual appt available for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Does a rash, slight muscle aches, headache, and sore throat & stuffy nose mean I have HIV even if I tested neg. On 06/03 a year after unprotected sex?

Does a rash, slight muscle aches, headache, and sore throat & stuffy nose mean I have HIV even if I tested neg. On 06/03 a year after unprotected sex?

No: It definitely doesn't mean you have hiv. Believe it or not, people have been having rashes, muscle aches, headaches, sore throats and stuffy noses for as long as there have been people...And long before there was hiv. ...Read more

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Headache, sore throat, pain swallowing, white spots on tonsils, stuffy nose, yellow/green mucus, coughing. What are all of these symptoms of?

Upper Respiratory: Sounds like you have tonsillitis and an upper respiratory infection, you probably need to see your physician for a more thorough assessment. Better not to delay
feel better. ...Read more

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I have had sore throat more than 3 weeks with head aches now I have thick phlegm with blood in it no cough or stuffy nose?

I have had sore throat more than 3 weeks with head aches now I have thick phlegm with blood in it no cough or stuffy nose?

3 weeks: 3 weeks with headaches is too long as is the phlegm with blood.
The quickest way to get good care is to have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. They should be very helpful but might also discuss your case with your primary doctor.
All should go well - keep me posted please. ...Read more

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Headache, sore throat, runny/stuffed nose, deep chest cough, hot and cold. No fever. A cold or more?

Headache, sore throat, runny/stuffed nose, deep chest cough, hot and cold. No fever. A cold or more?

Cold or more??: If it just a cold, usually there are evident signs of respiratory distress. Those are rapid breathing (more than 24 x/min); nasal flaring;? ; chest retractions; and use of the accessory muscles of respiration. If none of thes are present the cough is much more likely to originate at the pharyngeal level. An excellent med for type of cough is benzonatate. ...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?

I'm 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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Fever of 102.1, achy body, headache, stiff neck, stuffy nose, cold chills, dizzy w/moves, weakness, little burn w/urination, out of breath when moves. HELP??

Fever of 102.1, achy body, headache, stiff neck, stuffy nose, cold chills, dizzy w/moves, weakness, little burn w/urination, out of breath when moves. HELP??

Here are some. ..: Please have someone or call 911 to take you to nearby urgent care or ER right away; waste no time in online wandering about. Go now! Best wish. .. ...Read more

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I've a very sore throats stiff neck serve head aches high temp and can barely get up I'm burning up all day and can't keep my balance or stand for lon?

I've a very sore throats stiff neck serve head aches high temp and can barely get up I'm burning up all day and can't keep my balance or stand for lon?

Go to ER: The symptoms you are describing could mean anything from a simple viral infection or glandular fever to something more serious such as meningitis. In short it needs an examination by a doctor immediately to rule out anything more sinister. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

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


Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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Neck Strain (Definition)

Causes pain and discomfort with neck movement and can occur due to muscle strains, ...Read more