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Sore throat on left side; ear ache too. Ear was "plugged" up. No fever, some fatigue. No muscle stiffness/soreness. Currently uninsured. OTC remedies?

Sore throat on left side; ear ache too. Ear was "plugged" up. No fever, some fatigue. No muscle stiffness/soreness. Currently uninsured. OTC remedies?

OTC meds for URI: Avoid antihistamines like loratadine, zyrtec and Benadryl. Try using pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil. Protect your stomach if you choose Advil by eating or taking antacids. Sudafed and Afrin can help open your nose and ears; use with caution if you have high blood pressure. Ear and throat infections can be serious. Look for a free clinic or low cost community health center if you get worse. ...Read more

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I became sick last mon. W/ nausea, sore-throat and fatigue. It went away, but my throat still hurts only on the left side by my tonsil. Getting worse.

I became sick last mon. W/ nausea, sore-throat and fatigue. It went away, but my throat still hurts only on the left side by my tonsil. Getting worse.

Sore Throat (ST): Most sts are caused by viruses especially if associated with a cough. Strep is a common bacteria that causes st - often treated with antibiotics (abx). Most all of these will run their course and cause no issues. There is something called a peritonsillar abscess where an abscess forms and causes difficulty swallowing, trouble breathing, and difficulty opening mouth. This needs drained and abx. ...Read more

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Help I have a sore throat on the left side and left ear pain and fatigue?

Help I have a sore throat on the left side and left ear pain and fatigue?

Remedy: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. ...Read more

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Swollen lymphnodes all down front left side of neck/ear and sore throat at night for several weeks. Fatigue and some achiness follows. What is it?

Swollen lymphnodes all down front left side of neck/ear and sore throat at night for several weeks. Fatigue and some achiness follows. What is it?

Lymph nodes: Generally means inflammation or some chronic infection like virus or atypical bacterial infection, but more serious conditions such as lymphoma need to be ruled out if persist for more than 8 weeks. You should see a doctor, perhaps infectious disease specialist for routine blood tests. May also need a lymph node biopsy. Don't delay evaluation ...Read more

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Can you please tell me if fatigue and foggy brain are serious side effects of penicillin. I am taking Ospen for sore throat. Thank you?

Can you please tell me if fatigue and foggy brain are serious side effects of penicillin. I am taking Ospen for sore throat. Thank you?

Not Usually: Penicillin is not usually associated with the symptoms you describe but any medication can produce various symptoms in any given person, as could the underlying condition for which you are taking the penicillin. If your symptoms worsen or persist, allergic reaction or interaction with other medications you may be taking should also be considered. ...Read more

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Sore throat pain radiates to either my left or right ear. Tons of fatigue, headaches. Had as these symptoms for two weeks now?

Sore throat pain radiates to either my left or right ear. Tons of fatigue, headaches. Had as these symptoms for two weeks now?

Have you: Ever had mone slso known as epstein barr virus? It vcan have swollen glands in the throat, and this pain is known to radiate to the ears and people think they have ear infections. It also can have rashes and notable fatigue. You can find out ifnyou are in the convalescent (healing but not contagious) phase by seeing the dr and getting blood tests. Other viruses can do this too. ...Read more

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I'm super fatigued, had a fever of about 100 for close to a week, pain In my upper left abdomen, and I had a sore throat but it went away. Ideas?

I'm super fatigued, had a fever of about 100 for close to a week, pain In my upper left abdomen, and I had a sore throat but it went away. Ideas?

Rest: Ideas include fluids such as Gatorade., eat, and rest. DON'T smoke as it will mess up your throat, lungs, heart, and of course your breath. Lose the smokes and get better. ...Read more

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I have been having recurring sore throat with all over body aches and extreme fatigue as well as left ear pain now having laryngitis?

I have been having recurring sore throat with all over body aches and extreme fatigue as well as left ear pain now having laryngitis?

See a doctor: Your symptoms are too vague to produce an accurate diagnosis without an exam and perhaps some lab tests. This could be one of several different types of infection. ...Read more

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Nose is red on the outside extremely red on inside feels like a pimple inside left nostril accompanied with sore throat headache and fatigue?

Nose is red on the outside extremely red on inside feels like a pimple inside left nostril accompanied with sore throat headache and fatigue?

Sore nose: Sounds like you have an upper respiratory illness with possibly a skin infection in your nose which may require an antibiotic. Please seek care from a health care worker. ...Read more

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Had a vertigo spell, went away. Inner ears aches & congested, side of neck under ear sore to touch, nasal congestion, slight fatigue. Sore throat?

Had a vertigo spell, went away. Inner ears aches & congested, side of neck under ear sore to touch, nasal congestion, slight fatigue. Sore throat?

URI: Sounds like you got it pretty bad as far as symptoms go! Most likely this is a viral upper respiratory infection but it could be complicated by a bacterial ear infection. Depending on how long you've had it you might want to get it looked at. I wish you a speedy recovery ...Read more

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Sore throat 3 days and fatigue. What causes it?

Sore throat 3 days and fatigue. What causes it?

Doctor can evaluate: New throat soreness or spots can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics 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 can decrease throat pain, for 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Sore throat, just feeling ill, fatigue. What could this be?

Sore throat, just feeling ill, fatigue. What could this be?

Feeling ill.: Hello, it sounds like you are experiencing a viral pharyngitis. Rest, hydration and otc pain medications should help. If your symptoms persist beyond 5-7 days, follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can days without sleep make you sick such as sore throat fatigue?

Can days without sleep make you sick such as sore throat fatigue?

Yes: Poor sleep or complete lack of sleep can make you feel all-around lousy and sick. The sore throat is not as common so that should be checked to see if you have strep throat or mono. ...Read more

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Constant sore throat, headache, fatigue, tiredness what can it be?

Constant sore throat, headache, fatigue, tiredness what can it be?

Vague symptoms: These symptoms can be in seen in a multitude of conditions. An infectious mononucleosis-like syndrome is possible, but in order to be adequately diagnosed you need to be seen and examined as part of the evaluation. Best. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned with an illness that has lasted more than 2weeks? Started with tender throat, body aches, tiredness, then severe painful sore throat

Yes: Fbever? See your MD or urgent care ASAP to figure this out and begin treatment. Meantime -- keep hydrated, take ibuprofen or alleve, and gargle with warm salt water (1tsp salt/8-10 oz water). Good Luck. ...Read more

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Extreme fatigue, ongoing headache, sore throat, extend cough. What could this be?

Extreme fatigue, ongoing headache, sore throat, extend cough. What could this be?

Mononucleosis: There are MANY potential causes for your symptoms, but Mononucleosis is a viral infection that can cause extreme fatigue, sore throat, cough, abdominal pains, headaches, swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms. Treatment for Mononucleosis is mainly supportive, meaning plenty of fluids and rest until your immune system clears it. Spleen enlargement is an uncommon but serious possibility. ...Read more

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What could cause joint and body pain, sore throat, and extreme tiredness for 5 weeks?

What could cause joint and body pain, sore throat, and extreme tiredness for 5 weeks?

Many possibilities: There are a lot of possibilities that could cause your symptoms including: viral illness like mono syndromes (ebv and cmv), possibly mosquito-borne illnesses like west nile, etc., collagen-vascular diseases, valley fever (cocci), histoplasmosis, leukemia or other cancers. Get yourself checked out asap. ...Read more

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Sore throat, head ache, nausea, and extreme fatigue.

Sounds like you have: The flu. Rest, hydrate and call your doctor if it doesn't get better in a day or two, or gets significantly worse. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat, stiff neck, headache and fatigue for several days. What could it possibly be?

I have had a sore throat, stiff neck, headache and fatigue for several days. What could it possibly be?

See below: May be common cold (viral), influenza (usually w/ fever & body aches), bacterial pharyngitis, sinus infection, or mononucleosis (ebstein-barr virus—usually extreme fatigue). Can try symptomatic treatment (nsaid for pain/fever/aches; fluids; rest) or see pcp for exam, possible tests, treatment. ...Read more

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I have suffered from a a feaver, sore throat, tiredness and feeling dizzy and sick for over two weeks now. Can you advise?

I have suffered from a a feaver, sore throat, tiredness and feeling dizzy and sick for over two weeks now. Can you advise?

Need testing: If you've had a sore throat for over 2 weeks then, you'll need throat cultures for both bacterial as well as viral agents which may be infecting. If you don't get a clear cut diagnosis and definitive treatment you may develop other problems that could be of lifelong importance so I advise immediate attention. Make sure you're keeping your hydration status up and try something for fever. ...Read more

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My husband has had a sore throat, headache, and fatigue for the last couple of days. What would be the best OTC medication to take?

My husband has had a sore throat, headache, and fatigue for the last couple of days. What would be the best OTC medication to take?

No single best drug: There are many over-the-counter medications to address your husband's symptoms, some of which may not be the wisest depending upon his medical history. Acetaminophen is typically safe for aches, pains & fevers in those w/o liver problems and who don't drink to excess. Nsaids like Ibuprofen & Naproxen also work but may increase blood pressure, irritate kidneys & cause bleeding in stomach. Go c doc. ...Read more

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I have red spots on the back of my throat and I've had a sore throat on and off for two weeks, along with unusual tiredness. What might be wrong?

I have red spots on the back of my throat and I've had a sore throat on and off for two weeks, along with unusual tiredness. What might be wrong?

Pharyngitis: *most likely scenarios
1.Strep pharyngitis
2.Mononucleosis
3.Candida pharyngitis
*there are other less common infections which might be of some concern if you are sexually active or if you're immune compromised.
*some noninfectious conditions might also be present. But these are less common.
You should see your pcp for a complete history and physical. Good luck. ...Read more

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Low fever since june this yr. At 1st had fatigue and sore throat. I feel normal now, temp around 100.1 persists. Why? Permanent damage possible?

Low fever since june this yr. At 1st had fatigue and sore throat. I feel normal now, temp around 100.1 persists. Why? Permanent damage possible?

Many reasons: There are many reason why you could have low grade fever. From a normal variant to chronic infections (sinuses, viral, etc) or auto immune diseases. You should se a dr to check your white count and CRP and to examine you. ...Read more

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