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Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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6 months preg. Sore throat red slightly inflamed for Two days had paracetamol. Headaches no other symptoms. Green mucus today. Getting better? Harm baby?

6 months preg. Sore throat red slightly inflamed for Two days had paracetamol. Headaches no other symptoms. Green mucus today. Getting better? Harm baby?

Get checked.: If this is viral it is no problem. However, get checked to be sure you don't have strep. Untreated strep throat I a problem for both you and your baby. Consider calling your OB or PCP and asking them to order a throat culture for strep (more accurate than a rapid strep) or get seen in person. ...Read more

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I gave a girl oral sex now I have a sore throat for the past 2weeks. It goes away when I take paracetamol but it comes back. Is it serious?

I gave a girl oral sex now I have a sore throat for the past 2weeks. It goes away when I take paracetamol but it comes back. Is it serious?

See a Doctor: Your doctor can help you better determine the cause of your throat pain.

Some causes will pass, but others might need treatment. ...Read more

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I often get sore throat along with blocked nose and cough. Taking paracetamol and nimesulide doesn't help. It keeps on getting worse. Please help me.

I often get sore throat along with blocked nose and cough. Taking paracetamol and nimesulide doesn't help. It keeps on getting worse. Please help me.

See an ENT: If you are under age 18. This could be serious. You must have a throat culture to rule out strep. Strep infections can attack the heart, kidney and eyes.
If older usually a cold can easily result in chronic sinusitis and only a ct scan of sinuses will confirm that. In any case you must see either your primary care or an ENT specialist for culture, ct and treatment. ...Read more

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Can I take anti histamine, anti biotic, paracetamol, rebrapazol (gastric problem)together?? I have skin reaction (swelling and itching), sore throat

Can I take anti histamine, anti biotic, paracetamol, rebrapazol (gastric problem)together?? I have skin reaction (swelling and itching), sore throat

LOTS OF MEDICATIONS!: I WOULD HAVE TO KNOW WHICH ANTIHISTAMINE,
AND WHICH ANTIBIOTIC.
SEE A DERMATOLOGIST AND HAVE HIM LOOK IN THE FOLLOWING: "DRUG ERUPTION REFERENCE MANUAL."
MOST OF THE ANSWERS WILL BE IN THERE.
GOOD LUCK ...Read more

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Hi. I'm 25 years it started with a sore throat. Now my throat just feels itchy. It irritates my throat and ill start coughing like crazy. During my cough my chest starts to hurt. Kinda feels like I need to catch my breath. I've tried advil, mucinex, therafl

Hi. I'm 25 years it started with a sore throat. Now my throat just feels itchy. It irritates my throat and ill start coughing like crazy. During my cough my chest starts to hurt. Kinda feels like I need to catch my breath. I've tried advil, mucinex, therafl

Allergies/asthma: The symptoms you describe sound like they might be caused by allergies to something in your indoor or outdoor environment (pollens, dust, grass, pet fur/dander, etc). You might also have some reactive airway disease exacerbated by the same. Examine your environment for potential allergens and try to eliminate exposure to them. If this does not resolve, seek further medical evaluation/treatment. ...Read more

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My 7 year old son has had fever since 2 days along with sore throat. The fever spikes back up to 103 once motrin wears off. Could it be streps?

Possibly should see: A child with 102 that returns after meds for 2 days may have a serious illness that needs a professional it may be strep or another needs med if exam needs cult only a prof. Can tell 2-3 days is limit if nothing you have peace of mind. ...Read more

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Which is better: Aleve (naproxen) or Advil for sore throat?

Which is better: Aleve (naproxen) or Advil for sore throat?

Sore Throat: Aleve (naproxen) contains Naproxen and advil constains ibuprofen. The pain relief effects of aleve (naproxen) may last longer than advil. You really could use either one. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take hydrocodone-acetaminophen for a sore throat from mono? The sore throat makes it near impossible to eat and sleep.

Is it safe to take hydrocodone-acetaminophen for a sore throat from mono? The sore throat makes it near impossible to eat and sleep.

? Won't help: Steroids would better suit this condition and help the soreness, ask your doctor about it, meanwhile, use salt water gargles and non-steroidal pain killers as ibuprofen OTC, read the labels carefully, wish you a speedy recovery ...Read more

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How many days can I safely take acetaminophen (in NyQuil) for my sore throat (my doc recommended it)? Not strep. It's the only way I can sleep.

How many days can I safely take acetaminophen (in NyQuil) for my sore throat (my doc recommended it)? Not strep. It's the only way I can sleep.

Not quite right: Question.
Like so many things, tylenol (acetaminophen) is good except in overdose. The more reliable estimates are that tylenol (acetaminophen) overdoses (including intentional) produce serious harm rarely. Make sure you are NOT taking additional tylenol (acetaminophen) AT THE SAME TIME as nyquil (percocet, other cold meds, headache meds ALL have it among others).
Don't overdose, no limit on how many times you can take it. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to give motrin for sore throat to a 5yr old?

Is it possible for you to give motrin for sore throat to a 5yr old?

Usually ok: If your child doesn't have an allergy to motrin, it should be safe to give this medication. Make sure that you follow the instructions for dosing and duration of use until you should talk to the pediatrician. If the child is showing signs of serious illness like extreme low energy, too much sleeping or high fevers, call the pediatrician immediately. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been sick for 2 days now, don't usually get sick at all, have chills down my back, changes from being too hot then being too cold. Really sore throat when coughing. Have been using syrup and 500mg paracetemol! ?

Hi, I have been sick for 2 days now, don't usually get sick at all, have chills down my back, changes from being too hot then being too cold. Really sore throat when coughing. Have been using syrup and 500mg paracetemol! ?

Please get checked: Chills + cough may be simply influenza or some virus but it would be very important to exclude more serious infections such as pneumonia. I recommend an urgent medical assessment with GP or after hours doctor as someone needs to examine you. Please present urgently if breathing or swallowing difficulties. All the best ...Read more

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I took two types of medications with acetaminophen without knowing to stop a fever and sore throat and now I have small little lumps under my lip?

Canker sores: Is the most common oral lesions. In some instances, they can be a sign of other conditions affecting the body (e.g. fever). Most ulcers, infections will clear up by themselves within a week or two. You should see your GP if the ulcer gets worse or lasts for longer than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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My illness started with a bad headache and a sore throat. After two days of taking Advil, my headache went away but my sore throat stayed and red, pimple-like bumps were forming all over my hands, feet, and face. Is there a way to cure this?

My illness started with a bad headache and a sore throat. After two days of taking Advil, my headache went away but my sore throat stayed and red, pimple-like bumps were forming all over my hands, feet, and face. Is there a way to cure this?

Doctor can check: A sore throat can be evaluated by a primary care doctor to see what the cause might be. Sometimes it is a strep throat bacterial infection (antibiotics would be needed to treat strep). Other possibilities include viral infections such as Hand-Foot-Mouth disease or Mononucleosis (mono), a tonsillar abcess, throat ulcers, etc... The doctor has to look at the throat and rash to figure things out. ...Read more

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Sore throat, lethargy, x3 days. Ok to breathe/swallow, neg strep & xray, fast pulse. ER gave steroids & motrin for visible epiglottis. Should I worry?

Sore throat, lethargy, x3 days. Ok to breathe/swallow, neg strep & xray, fast pulse. ER gave steroids & motrin for visible epiglottis. Should I worry?

Sore throat: I'm not sure how they saw your epiglottis in the ER, but if they think you have epiglottitis, you should have been hospitalized. Do you have fever? you are likely dehydrating which may cause the fast pulse. Strep is only one test. Were you tested for infectious mono? if there is suspicion of epiglottitis (low prob given no dyspnea or dysphagia) I would suggest coverage for HIB. See your PCP. ...Read more

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I get a sore throat every day. Slight nasal congestion and raspy voice. Swollen glands too. Advil helps, but it comes back. Any suggestions?

I get a sore throat every day. Slight nasal congestion and raspy voice. Swollen glands too. Advil helps, but it comes back. Any suggestions?

See your ENT: You have some sort of chronic problem, but it is hard to know what is going on over the computer. Most likely you are dealing with allergies, chronic sinusitis, or perhaps laryngeal reflux. A thorough history, physical exam and maybe some x-rays or other tests will help sort out the problem. Sinus rinses are a helpful solution for sinus congestion and allergy complaints as well. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have an ear ache, fever, sore throat with trouble swallowing, and stuffy nose. I've been taking motrin, nyquil, and vitamin c. Nothing really helps.

I have an ear ache, fever, sore throat with trouble swallowing, and stuffy nose. I've been taking motrin, nyquil, and vitamin c. Nothing really helps.

Cold: It can be a simple cold, but it sounds like it's time for an examination. There is a possibility of an ear infection, but these symptoms can also result from a simple virus infection. Don't be in a rush to get antibiotics if your doctor feels they're not warranted. Motrin, nyquil & vitamin c sound fine otherwise. Plenty of water, also. ...Read more

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Hello I have a sore throat and neck what I can do I use iboprufen but steel hurt?

Hello I have a sore throat and neck what I can do I use iboprufen but steel hurt?

Tylenol, (acetaminophen)throat loren: Most sore throats are not serious and you can try home remedies like
tylenol oe Ibuprofen for pain
warm saline gargles
throat lozences
warm bath and hot tea
mix 1tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of ginger juice and touch of turmeric powder, mix it and drink it, it is old ayurvedic remedy
marshmellow. ...Read more

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Aspirin ibuprofen or acetaminophen for sore throat?

Aspirin ibuprofen or acetaminophen for sore throat?

Ibuprophen: Or even better syrup with codeine. Acetaminophen is not an anti-inflammatory drug so probably will be least effective for an inflamed throat. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat, shoulder stiffness, nausea (severity: mild), headache (better by: rest, nsaids (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)) (quality: dull or aching sensation, throbbing sensation) (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: bending forward

I am experiencing sore throat, shoulder stiffness, nausea (severity: mild), headache (better by: rest, nsaids (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)) (quality: dull or aching sensation, throbbing sensation) (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: bending forward

Doctor can examine: 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). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I have neck pain that is not responding to ibuprofen, can I take aspirin with it or paracetamol?

I have neck pain that is not responding to ibuprofen, can I take aspirin with it or paracetamol?

Not a great idea: I wouldn't take Aspirin with another anti inflammatory. It could increase odds for bleeding in your stomach. Take on or the other. ...Read more

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A few days ago I was burnt by the sun, since then my neck and shoulder has had muscle spasms, ibuprofen and paracetamol won't stop. Is this normal?

A few days ago I was burnt by the sun, since then my neck and shoulder has had muscle spasms, ibuprofen and paracetamol won't stop. Is this normal?

Consider using: Something cold, like a bag of vegetables from the freezer, for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. It should help relieve both burn and muscle spasm. Than, try stretching exercises for neck and shoulders. ...Read more

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Goitre on my neck is causing a lot of pain, tried paracetamol, ibuprofen, cocodamol etc and it's not working, are there any other strong painkillers?

Goitre on my neck is causing a lot of pain, tried paracetamol, ibuprofen, cocodamol etc and it's not working, are there any other strong painkillers?

Not many good option: A symptom of autoimmune thyroiditis is pain and tenderness. Nsaid drugs and Prednisone can help but unrelenting thyroid pain may require thyroidectomy for resolution. There is viral thyroiditis which has pain that improves with steroids and narcotics. A rare form of bacterial thyroid infection exists but these patients are very sick with high fever. See endocrinologist or thyroid surgeon. ...Read more

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My daughter has a temp (99.7 with fever meds). She's complaining of a head ache, sore throat & nausia (at times). Besides tylenol (acetaminophen) & Motrin

My daughter has a temp (99.7 with fever meds). She's complaining of a head ache, sore throat & nausia (at times). Besides tylenol (acetaminophen) & Motrin

Dr. Can check throat: Mild nose and throat symptoms can be from cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, etc..., except that allergies usually don't cause a fever. Doctors have rapid 5-minute tests for strep, so a primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start antibiotics "right away", which means within the first 3 days of a strep throat infection. ...Read more

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Around 8, I took 2 200mg ibeprofen pills for my headache, and around 10:30, I took 1Tbsp of tylenol (acetaminophen) for my sore throat, is anything bad gonna happen?

Around 8, I took 2 200mg ibeprofen pills for my headache, and around 10:30, I took 1Tbsp of tylenol (acetaminophen) for my sore throat, is anything bad gonna happen?

Not likely: It all depends on your overall health. If you are in good health, with no kidney or liver problems, or on any meds that can be affected by either, then taking ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) in the doses recommended on the bottle is fine. They are different classes of pain relievers. You can take the recommended dose of both at the same time (but do wait 1-3 hours) between, to maximize effect. ...Read more

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Sore throat started saturday night. It hurts to swallow, coughing n mucus draining into throat. Allergies or something more?

Sore throat started saturday night. It hurts to swallow, coughing n mucus draining into throat. Allergies or something more?

Probably not: While allergies could account for some of your symptoms it sounds as if you may be developing a throat infection, especially if antihistamines don't help your symptoms, which you could try. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and see yor physician f your symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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Do I maybe like have the Flu with me having a sore throat, coughing, gagging a lot, sneezing a lot N that too huh? Just wondering!

Maybe. Maybe not.: 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). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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Normal looking cold n cough with sore throat. No fever yet. Or aches or anything yet. Could it be h1n1? It's been approx 22-23 hours. Been out..

Normal looking cold n cough with sore throat. No fever yet. Or aches or anything yet. Could it be h1n1? It's been approx 22-23 hours. Been out..

Mgt: Flu like symptoms usually include muscle aches, fever and sore throat. It may be a common cold if none of these develop and if the symptoms are mild.
Keep well hydrated, rest and monitor your temperature. ...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


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