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Weird Taste In The Back Of My Throat
I've been getting constant headaches, dizziness, fevers, slight nausea & a weird salty taste in the back of my throat. For the past week or two..
This could be a: Viral infection, strep throat, yeast etc. Med eval would help to differentiate. 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 >. ...Read more
Typical symptoms: sore throat, fever of greater than 38 °c (100 °f), tonsillar exudates (pus on the tonsils), and large cervical lymph nodes.
Other symptoms: headache, n/v, abdominal pain, muscle pain, or a scarlatiniform rash or palatal petechiae (small bleeding), the latter being an uncommon but highly specific finding. Consult doc if you have these symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more
Few days to a week: Usually after 1 week most if the symptoms should clear. ...Read more
Tips + antibiotics: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. 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
I have hfmd but my oral & throat symptoms are severe - it's difficult to eat and even drink. At what point should I seek medical attention?
If dehydration...: ...Is a possibility (8-12 hours without urinating, weakness, etc.) or any other symptoms develop, i'd suggest calling your dr then. ...Read more
I have high fevers and chills only at night for the past 3 days. I have other lymphnode and throat symptoms but they are mild in comparison.?
GetTheeToADoctorry..: Based on what you have written, it will be best if you see a doctor if this pattern repeats itself one or two more times or you start to feel worse before then. There is a host of things that may cause this (some serious) and so if it doesn't go away quickly, get it checked out. In the meantime take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for the fever and keep up with fluids and if you work, take a day or two off. ...Read more
48': Usualy not contagious after 24 hours on antibiotics and sxs usually start improving within 48 hours on antibiotics. ...Read more
They go together: Streptococcus is divided into different groups, labelled a, b, c etc. They are further subdivided into Alpha hemolytic or beta hemolytic. The most common one that we are concerned with is group a, beta hemolytic. However we often just shorten this mouthful to strep b. If you have this you can get the usual symptoms of strep throat: fever, sore throat, white patches on your tonsils, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Strep is not a virus: While many sore throats are caused by viruses, strep throat is caused by a pathogenic strain of a bacteria called group a streptococcus. Both types of sore throat will improve over a few days & both will have active germs present after symptoms improve. Failure to have strep verified & treated may allow the germ to damage various organ systems over time. The viruses pass & self heal. ...Read more
What are ways to alleviate my strep throat symptoms while at home before my doctor's appointment?
I had severe allergic problem in my throat, symptoms are fever and really become tired, can't. Do any work. Is there any remedy for this?
Unusual: There may be something going on besides allergy. You may have a mononucleosis-like syndrome. Go and see a doctor and be diagnosed properly with a full history, exam, and possibly some testing. Good luck and get better soon. ...Read more
Usually not: By "strep throat symptoms, " I think you mean sore throat, fever, swollen glands, and tiredness lasting more than two or three days. These are not unique to strep, and usually don't occur with std's. But if you have those symptoms, you should visit your doctor to be checked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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