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How can I cure a viral throat infection that makes me cough?

How can I cure a viral throat infection that makes me cough?

Remedies: Viruses tend to run their course. 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

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What are the signs when you get a viral throat infection?

What are the signs when you get a viral throat infection?

Pharyngitis: A viral or bacterial sore throat are often indistinguishable. Redness, pain on swallowing, 'plaques' or white patched on the tonsils or back of the throat, fever, fatigue. To test thedifference we do throat cultures or screens because rheumatic fever may be the result of an undiagnosed throat bacterial infection and dosing the patient with peniciillin prevents these. ...Read more

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Why does my throat hurt more when I lay down/sleep? Wake up in pain and coughing. I have been doctoes and said it was a viral throat infection.

Why does my throat hurt more when I lay down/sleep? Wake up in pain and coughing. I have been doctoes and said it was a viral throat infection.

Reflux may be cause: Some throat pain, hoarseness, and spasmodic coughs are caused by ge reflux. This occurs when the highly acidic contents of the stomach slosh up into the less-protected esophagus - and higher. Because this is more likely to occur when you lie down, it's worth considering. Try not to eat late in the evening. Avoid alcohol, chocolate, heavy or fatty meals; see if it makes a difference. Talk to doctor. ...Read more

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Given ABs for throat infection. Seems viral, not improving. Do I finish ABs or stop taking them?

Given ABs for throat infection. Seems viral, not improving. Do I finish ABs or stop taking them?

Finish and more rest: You were prescribed antibiotics for a throat infection. You feel it is viral because you are not better. Please take days of rest, call your doctor to let them know you are not better. If you are still having fevers the bacteria may be resistant to the antibiotic. Rest and recooperate in order to get better. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have no pain with s viral throat infection?

Is it possible to have no pain with s viral throat infection?

Yes: There are many viruses that can cause a common cold. One may have almost no symptoms or could feel miserable. ...Read more

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My 4 y old keeps getting throat infection it's been 3 weeks she's had 2 courses of anti and keeps getting a fever very concerned dr said it's viral?

My 4 y old keeps getting throat infection it's been 3 weeks she's had 2 courses of anti and keeps getting a fever very concerned dr said it's viral?

? more tests: Pharyngitis (throat infections) in children are usually viral and run their course without antibiotics in a few days.
I'm assuming your child was checked for strep throat as that is a common bacteria that will respond to antibiotics
One question is why your child received antibiotics if Dr felt it was viral. If fever is persisting and child is ill it might be time for a blood count and culture ...Read more

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Does a viral sore throat hurt as much as a strep throat infection?

You bet...: ....And sometimes more. Some of the worst sore throats I have treated were caused by the epstein barr virus. Sometimes strep hurts a lot, and sometimes strep doesn't hurt that much at all. ...Read more

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My doctor told me I have a viral throat infection that caused bumps on my throat, does that mean herpes?

Bumps or sores?: Most throat infections start off as a viral infection. However he may be talking about herpes if the are ulcers. It's hard to tell without seeing them. ...Read more

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Had a viral throat infection 2 weeks ago, now soreness in my chest and neck. EKG normal. Can they test for a specific virus, can a mild virus last long?

Had a viral throat infection 2 weeks ago, now soreness in my chest and neck. EKG normal. Can they test for a specific virus, can a mild virus last long?

R/O PERICARDITIS: You may have inflammation of the heart=PERICARDITIS vs inflammation of the lungs =PLEURITIS. Myocarditis is much more serious and can be suggested by an abnormal echo. Often they are post viral. They tend to resolve with rest/hydration /NSAID (indocin) if it persists as course of prednisone may be needed. You need a prompt evaluation EKG/CXR AND LABS. See your doctor for eval. Coxackie a &b titers ...Read more

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I feel like I have a small lump on the back of my throat. Infection or worse?

I feel like I have a small lump on the back of my throat. Infection or worse?

Need more history: Any form of inflammation at the back of the throat can produce the sensation you are describing. Generally this should resolve uneventfully in several days, but if it persists, gets worse, or is accompanied by other symptoms would suggest you see your doctor. You might try gargling with a saline solution which will help to reduce swelling. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have got a throat infection?

How can I tell if I have got a throat infection?

By Symptoms: By symptoms of throat infection
Sore Throat
Diffculty swaloowing
Fever
White spots on tonsils
Swollen glands in neck
And get checked by your doctor to rule out Strep infection which needs to be treated with antibiotics ...Read more

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I have throat infection? I want to recover as soon as possible?

I have throat infection? I want to recover as soon as possible?

Then: You need proper diagnosis and treatment. Viral pharyngitis needs to run it's course unless it is herpetic which should be treated with an antiviral. Streptococcal bacterial pharyngitis requires antibiotics for the most rapid resolution ...Read more

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Sir I am suffering from throat infection. What tablet should I take?

Sir I am suffering from throat infection. What tablet should I take?

Antiinflammatories: Most sore throats are viral - meaning antibiotics do nothing for them. Personally, I like to start some Ibuprofen and salt water gargles whenever I get a sore throat. If I'm having a high fever (>101), I have enlarged lymph nodes, I have pus on my tonsils and I don't have any cough or runny nose, then I suspect strep... And I make a visit to see my doctor! ...Read more

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I'm having throat infection for 1 month. It's the worst in mornings. What should I do?

See doctor: After a month its time to see a doctor to find out what your problem is. ...Read more

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Throat infection am I still contagious?

Pharyngitis: Need more info. What is causing the infection, how long have you had it, are you coughing, what form of contact do you have with people to whom you are concerned about infecting, and so on. Rephrase question and ask again. Best. ...Read more

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Pharyngitis (Definition)

It is the inflammation of the pharynx, a structure that extends from the base of your skull to larynx and inlet to esophagus, behind your nose includes your tonsils and tongue base. Causes of inflammation is most often viral or bacterial. It is often ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more