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Sudden Severe Sore Throat
I came down with a sudden severe sore throat that is getting more symptomatic. Itchy, painful swallowing and occasional coughing. When getting better?
What's the cause?: Your question cannot be answered accurately based on the limited information provided. For instance, it would be helpful to know: your exposures, what does your exam show, what are your underlying risk factors and illnesses that so predispose, do you have untreated GERD with larygo-esophageal reflux, do you smoke...? ...Read more
Viral?: If you have just started getting the sore throat, drink lots of fluids and take an ibuprofen. Rest, chill out, be quiet. Some people find salt water gargle to be helpful. See your doctor of symptoms don't improve within a few hours, or you develop a high fever or significant trouble swallowing. ...Read more
I have sore throat frequently;in the mornings specially.Not severe.Sometimes becomes severe. Please advice.
I have a severe sore throat with no other symptoms. It is making it difficult to sleep, it has been 2 nights in a row.?
Sorry, I don't have: Enough info to provide a direct answer. Did you have endotracheal intubation (a breathing tube)? - that can be a source of pain. Did you have ear/nose/throat surgery (like a tonsillectomy)? The best thing to do in this situation is to ask the surgeon or other provider on the team. Take care. ...Read more
Remedies: 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 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
Severe sore throat on the left side for 7 days. No improvement been on penicillin for almost three full days.
Virus: Unfortunately, most sore throats are caused by viral infections rather than bacterial infections such as Strep throat. Viral infections do not respond to penicillin. Hot showers, hot tea, gargling, and throat lozenges all help reduce the pain. If it persists, you will need to see your doctor for re-evaluation. Best wishes! ...Read more
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