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What Can I Take For A Sore Throat Due To Roommates Being Sick Prior
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
My 4 year old is sick and every time he coughs he screams from pain from his sore throat. Is there anything he can take for throat pain?
I've been so ill with sore throat, temp and cold for 3weeks. Due more iodine treatment monday so can't take medication. I'm so ill, what do I do?
Speak with your doc: I assume you are having iodine treatment for thyroid cancer or dysfunction? If you have been suffering from fever and sore throat for 3 weeks it is best to talk to your doctor before receiving more treatments. It sounds like you have an infection and need to pay your doctor a visit. ...Read more
Yes: If your symptoms persist for over a week, call your docotor. ...Read more
All around are sick (flu) my body is fighting it. Have a moderate persistent sore throat. Should i take medicine as if having a full blown flu?
Influenza: Unless you have been definitively diagnosed with influenza by a swab demonstrating its presence, your symptoms may be due to a dozen or more different viruses (adeno, parainfluenza, and so on). Antiviral therapy with tamiflu (oseltamivir) will be ineffective against these, and you should see a doctor and be evaluated before doing this. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm on 15mg methotrexate injection/ week.I was exposed to person with strep.I have sore throat & feel ill & dizzy. Due for dose tomorrow. Skip or take?
My husband is sick with headache, cough & sore throat. He's taking dayquil & nyquil & also halls. Will this help him or should he take something else?
Seasonal flu: It is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. If there is no improvement or sore throat is severe or lasts longer than another week, or you are getting joint pain; see your pcp for evaluation. Hope it helps. ...Read more
Should i take a friend that's been sick for a few days to a clinic or er? Cold, sore throat, back pain 4 days.
Yes: If you feel your friend needs to see a doctor they probably should. Try to avoid the er unless the symptoms are a lot worse than you seem to suggest. Your friend will certainly not feel better if they have to wait for hours to be seen while more urgent problems are being dealt with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The past 3 days i've been feeling sick, sore throat, cough, sneezing, runny and feeling tired what can I take overthecounter I taketheraflu at night.?
You can...: Rest, drink lots of fluids, take some vitamin c, and give it a few days. Over the counter cold remedies have little to no effect. Most colds last about a week. If it's still going on after 2-3 weeks, you may have a sinus infection or something else going on, so you should see your doctor. ...Read more
I EBF my 5mo and I've gotten sick stuffy nose, sore throat, nasty cough, stuffy head is there anything OTC I can take? I know no to decongestants
Symptomatic treatmen: It sounds as though you both have viral upper respiratory infections. The main treatment is to keep the nose clear using saline nasal mist. If there is a fever or not feeling well you could also use some acetaminophen or Tylenol. Respiratory illnesses last 4 to 7 days. Adults can use honey for A cough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: Your throat could be sore without having an infection. When i was a teenager, i was a cheerleader. After yelling cheers loudly for several hours - it was not uncommon for my throat to become sore and my voice to become hoarse. ...Read more
Tips: 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
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