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Depending on the: Contents it can help to numb the throat. Here are some more options. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more
You have a lot of options for meds and a sore throat. You can take Tylenol or Motrin for the throat pain. You can take sudafed for the post nasal drainage. If these do not help you can use topical anesthetic sprays like chloroseptic spray that comes in two flavors regular or cherry.
If this persists for a week, see your physician. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more
Depends: Varies. Many causes, including infectious, inflammatory, cancerous. The cause determines the length of time to heal. ...Read more
If it is viral it: Might take as little as a couple of days or longer than a week. Rest, hydrate well with water ; stay far, far away from cigarette smoke. You can keep mucosa moist with a humidifier. Add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Slippery elm bark lozenges are another option. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: If you have a pretty bad sore throat associated with fever, red throat, rash, or other symptoms, see your doctor. If it is just a scratchy sore throat in the morning that goes away pretty quickly in the day, then any thing that is moisturizing is fine-liquids, honey, sore throat lozenges, etc. If it is due to allergies, treat it like you would any allergy. Most otc anti-histamines are safe. ...Read more
What medication can I Take for sore throat, stuffy nose and coughing up yellow phlegm if I have high BP?
This is an infection: If your phlegm is yellow, you likely have an infection and it is no longer simply a "head cold". Having said that you need to be seen by PCP and considered for antibacterial if it is not deemed viral. However, in the interim, for symptomatic relief you can take Delsym for cough, ADvil/tylenol for soar throat altho that will mask a fever, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as a decongestant at night (sleep), no Sudafed ...Read more
Sore throat: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider & get a streph throat test & culture. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more
Pain relievers: You can try tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for the pain. You can also gargle with warm, not hot, water with some salt dissolved in it (don't swallow it). Try that as often as you want. Sometimes cold drinks help too. You can also try cough drops. If it lasts more than 4 days, or you get a fever of 101 or higher, see someone about it. ...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 the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease throat pain. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: A typical viral infection should be resolving in about a week. Bacterial infections may not resolve until treated with an antibiotic. Sore throats from acid reflux can last a long time if the reflux is not treated well. Typically a sore throat should be evaluated by a doctor if not improving within a couple of weeks. Of course depending on the severity of the sore throat and other symptoms. ...Read more
Not a good idea: Of course, one can only treat what has been identified as the cause. On the other hand, most temporary sore throats are from a viral infection and celestamine would not help it (potentially prolonging the duration of the illness). Try saline gargle or topical anesthetic lozenges provided that a strep throat has been ruled out. ...Read more
Sore throat help: Most colds & sore throats are caused by viruses, which antibiotics can't kill. So do things to make yourself fell better while you're waiting for your body to kick this. Gargle with salt water. Drink tea with honey. Suck on hard candy/lozenges. Take Acetaminophen (no more than 8 a day). Vitamin c and zinc lozenges may help. Chicken soup! sleep lots. Take care. ...Read more
Zithromax or others: Mild throat symptoms can be from cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, irritation, etc... It can be difficult to tell what the cause is. If symptoms only last 1-2 days, it was likely allergies, irritation, or a mild cold. Doctors have rapid 5-minute tests for strep. A primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start non-penicillin antibiotics (such as zithromax, or sometimes Omnicef (cefdinir) or keflex). ...Read more
Are there preventive measures I can take for a sore throat? Is there something I can do to prevent getting a sore throat so often? .
Old or New Way: The usual way is to take liquid medicine or cough drops designed for the throat. The old way is to gargle with peroxide, the new way is to gargle with Chlorhexidine gluconate (brand name = Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) and needs an rx from your physician or dentist). ...Read more
What medicine do I take for severe sore throat and cough? I had strep throat about 3 or 4weeks ago.
R/O Strep: It would be a good idea to rule out recurrent strep throat and if there, treat with antibiotics prescribed. In the meantime, warm salt water gargles, chloraseptic spray, herbal tea with lemon and honey, avoid spicy and citrus foods, OTC pain relievers as needed. Ice cream or cold drinks if helpful. ...Read more
Seroquel (quetiapine): Short-term & as needed, yes.Get a more detailed answer ›