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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

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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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more