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Sore Throat Worst
I have tonsil stones that come out on their own sometimes I have to get them out and they sometimes make my throat bleed. I have a chronic sore throat but usually worst in the mornin and night. Lymph nodes are always swollen. What can I do to fix this?
Med eval -R/O Mono: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
How many types of sore throat are there and which is the worst type? Are there different types of sore throat? Which are the worst? .
Many types: Soreness can be due to infection - bacterial, viral, fungal. It can also be due to lesions, autoimmune reactions and direct irritation from foreign bodies. It can be a side effect of medication, of oral dryness. You should see your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more
How many types of sore throat are there and which is the worst type? Are there different types of sore throat? Which are the worst? .
Let me help:
There are 3 main kinds of sore throat.
1-viral infections, from common cold, flu, this does not need antibiotic, warm fluid and gargle with warm water and salt, they go away in few days.
2- bacterial infections.
The worst is strep throat, need medical attention.
3-injury to the throat.
By yelling and screaming you could develop sore throat. ...Read more
Have the worst sore throat of my life, started 12 hrs ago. Temp 99.5. am I safe waiting this out just for 24hrs or so to see if it improves?
Most of the time...: The first few days of an upper respiratory tract infection, including a throat infection, it is wise to wait and just rest and drink plenty of fluids along with analgesics for pain. However, if these symptoms last more than a week, you start feeling progressively worse, or cannot hold anything down (even fluids) then it is time to visit your doctor. ...Read more
I've had the worst sore throat all day. It's now 5:30am and I haven't had any sleep becuase of how sore it is. Please help! ?
Sore throat: This may be Strep throat, but cannot be diagnosed over the internet. Go and be seen at an urgent care center or an ER. You can ease the discomfort with a variety of OTC products your friendly pharmacist will recommend, or you could gargle with a saline preparation. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more
Hi about two weeks ago I had the worst sore throat, I woke up 3 days later I could not swallow my throat was painful I had to take pain killers?
Acute Pharyngitis: You may have had an acute infection of your throat, possibly involving your tonsil (if you still have them). The infection could have progresed to become severe enough to cause very painful swallowing. If this is happen frequently you should be checked by your primary care doctor for the various causes of sore throats. ...Read more
I just got off cipro (ciprofloxacin) for sinus infec. Now, about a week after finishing cipro (ciprofloxacin), have the worst sore throat I have ever had. Any ideas or suggestions?
Very sore throat hurts to swallow worst at night. Bumps on back wall w/ lots of mucus. 1 tonsil inflamed, both red. Snowed in&cant see dr what do I do?
Needs evaluation: I'm sorry to say but you need to get this seen by a doctor -since you don't want to neglect something like Strep throat. There might be clues -such as if anyone else in the household was diagnosed with Strep? Certainly a virus is possible, but without a throat culture and proper evaluation, you're guessing. For now, hot drinks, rest, tylenol (acetaminophen) for symptoms. I make a hot honey-lemon drink with ginger ...Read more
Just flew back from cancun Sat and I have the worst sore throat I have ever had, ever. Super swollen glands both sides and incredibly sore to swallow.
Something infectious: Mono is from the EBV virus, and can cause swollen glands (lymph nodes) and big tonsils. Strep throat can do the same thing, but Strep throat needs antibiotics. Some other infections can cause big lymph nodes. More rarely, blood disorders and blood cancers cause swollen lymph nodes and fatigue (person often gets anemic). This all means that a trip to the doctor would be wise. ...Read more
Can you have strep throat without a fever? And possibly an ear infection as well? Worst sore throat ever for 4 days now and ear pain but no fever?
Yes: You may have strep throat without fever. Can be very difficult to swallow, so bad you can't swallow your own saliva. A simple swab test can diagnose or exclude strep throat in a very short time, and you can then initiate antibiotic therapy. If you do have strep throat, you are contagious until you've been on treatment for at least 24 hrs. Get seen soon. Good luck. ...Read more
I have a sore throat, headache, body aches, cough, ear ache, nausea and my neck hurts. The sore throat is the worst part. Even though I have a cough, could it be strep throat or is it a virus that will pass through?
URI: It is likely an upper respiratory infection with those constellation of symptoms. There is a remote possibility of strep but antibiotics are minimally help strep throat, they are only given to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever and that depends on where you live and your ethnicity and socioeconomic status. See your Dr. If you are concerned. ...Read more
Sore throat, no other symptoms besides pressure in my head after I wake up. What are usually the "worst" days of a cold?
Days 2, 3, 4: Headache and throat symptoms can be from flu/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. Doctors also have a 15-minute test for Flu A and Flu B. ...Read more
I have a sore throat that started yesterday and got worst when I woke up. There is a burning irritation in my chest as well as my throat?
See your doctor: A professional evaluation and examination is necessary to rule out viral vs bacterial infection and to determine if antibiotics are necessary. ...Read more
I broke out with the first cold sore I've had in almost 3 years on monday and since have had the worst headcold... Sore throat, headache, fatique?
See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
I have a persistent sore throat morning and night are the worst. I have went to several doctors and they just say the same thing&give me amoxicillin?
I have some symptoms of acid reflex: regurgitation, coughing & sore throat. Not a cold. What pills, teas, steps can I take so I don't make it worst?
Hmmm: Avoid, spicy, greasy foods. Eat bland, boiled healthier choices. Consider avoiding tobacco if you smoke. Consider a trial of TUMS (calcium carbonate) or Prilosec OTC. Consider seeing your doctor if this persists. ...Read more
Please everday sore throat long time now getting worst. Causing nausea dizzy weak full feeling in chest.
Taking care of you?: When symptoms drag on like this, there is probably something MORE that you can be doing to help take care of yourself. The essentials are good sleep, hydration, avoidance of toxins (alcohol, smoke), reduced stress/work activities, and optimized environment. A doctor should be able to help by making the correct diagnosis to fine tune the treatment. It sounds like you need to see a doc today. ...Read more
Does HIV-ARS have severe sore throat or mild just comes and goes the next day? I have heard it has very worst flu like symptom.
Varies: It has individual variation.......depending on over all health status. ...Read more
Sore throat on right side. Constant throbbing, hurt to swallow, tightness and redness but not much swelling. Pain worst behind my last molars.?
Virus: Sounds like you may have a viral infection. If this persist more than 48 hours or more symptoms develop you may need to be seen. Try gargling salt water first. ...Read more
Could I have pneumonia? I have had cold symptoms for the past 3 weeks. I have a constant cough and have had a sore throat. For the past 3 days my chest has really been hurting. It gets worst when I cough and breathe in deeply
You: You certainly could have pneumonia, but it's nearly impossible to make this diagnosis without being examined, possibly having an x-ray. Cough that lasts 3 weeks is less likely to be pneumonia, although the virus that causes the illness you've had can leave you susceptible to pneumonia. Hopefully you can get checked out by your doctor sooner than later and get some relief from this. ...Read more
Had a heavy cold last week, no fever or real cough. Worst gone. Now have sore throat, producing brown/red phlegm, slight tiredness, shivers, no cough.
See your doctor: It is common to develop a bacterial infection like pneumonia after a viral respiratory tract infection. (I.e. A cold) This usually occurs shortly after the viral illness begins to improve and requires antibiotics. Symptoms vary but include fever, chills, chest pain, productive cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, tiredness, loss of appetite, etc... You need to have a doctor examine you. ...Read more
No effect of penicilin after 3 days. Bad sore throat, difficulty swalloing, ear ache, head ache, swelling under ear. Pain gets worst in night. No fever?
Give it time: We know true strep is universally sensitive (killed) by penicillin, but the tissue disruption/pain triggered by infection may take time to improve. You can also have a co-infection with a throat virus (like mono) which can produce some of the most painful soar throats. If your doc treated you without confirming the strep, a virus may be the main cause and the penicillin would do nothing. ...Read more
I've been sick on & off for the last month w/ sinus & ear infections. Yesterday, I went to bed w/ the worst post nasal drip & woke up with the most HORRIBLE sore throat of my life that isn't going away! Dr called in Clarithromycin. What else can I do?
Control nose: The sinus and ear infections are most likely from obstruction of their openings from the allergic rhinitis. The most important step is to decongest the nose (nasal steroid) so that these organs can drain. Just antibiotic alone will not likely provide long-term relief. See an allergist if this has been a recurrent problem. ...Read more
I've had a headache for 3 days! The pain is all round my head but the worst pain in my forehead! I feel dizzy when I stand up and I have an earache in both ears, a tight chest and extremely sore throat! My headache, throat and chest are the worst though, e
Viral syndrome: It sounds like your symptoms are more than you can handle at home. You've tried taking over-the-counter therapies like Paracetamol? You should call your doc since you have dizziness and could be dehydrated. I recommend chicken soup, fluids, and REST until you can be seen. You need something for the chest too-like an inhaler (albuterol). Limit stress and sleep well to avoid these type of infections ...Read more
I am experiencing sore throat headache throbbing sensation fever pain when swallowing. Doc said its Pharyngitis gave me Azithromycin but its worst now?
Probably viral: Pharyngitis usually is a viral infection, and viruses do not respond to antibiotics. Your doctor probably prescribed azithromycin in case it's strep, but if not, it's not surprising your symptoms are continuing and even getting worse. Check back with your doctor, but probably you'll just have to wait it out. Aspirin or ibuprofen (or related meds) may help control pain. Good luck! ...Read more
Dr. Can check throat: 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 a doctor if a sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and acetaminophen can decrease pain. ...Read more
What to do.: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more
Doctor can check: 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 help decrease throat pain. ...Read more