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I have this sore throat and I've taking over the counter meds. and it still nagging and I think it sinus and I needs some antibiotic ?

I have this sore throat and I've taking over the counter meds. and it still nagging and I think it sinus and I needs some antibiotic ?

Sore throat: 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 water – gargle several times a day. Can gargle with Aloe Vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Can you tell me about the best over-the-counter medication for sore tonsils or sore throat?

Can you tell me about the best over-the-counter medication for sore tonsils or sore throat?

Salt Water: 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 water – gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Gargle several times a day. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for sinus ear blocking sore throat congestion?

What is the best medication for sinus ear blocking sore throat congestion?

Time: Usually this is caused by a viral upper respiratory infection. As such it is self limited. Use analgesics and stay well hydrated. If it is a chronic problem (more than 10-14 days) then see your doctor for assessment and treatment. Otc treatments are not effective and may be harmful. ...Read more

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What is a good over-the-counter medication for sore tonsils or sore throat?

What is a good over-the-counter medication for sore tonsils or sore throat?

Sore throat: Tylenol or Motrin can be used for the pain and the fever if present. Flonase can help if the sore throat is due to post nasal drip.' Chloroseptic spray can numb up the throat to take the pain away. It is sprayed in the throat every few hours and woks on the surface of the throat and the tonsils. You may also have tonsil stones that get inflamed. Have the ent doctor check it out. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and feel a strep throat coming on. Is there any over-the-counter medication i can take to prevent this from happening?

I have a sore throat and feel a strep throat coming on. Is there any over-the-counter medication i can take to prevent this from happening?

No: Strep throat is a bacterial infection that takes root no matter what preventative measures you may employ. Now if it's a viral infection instead, then some homeopathic remedies may help a bit, like echinacea. However, staying well hydrated and resting is the best medicine. ...Read more

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Help. What's the most effective de congestion method or medication over the counter or home remedies?day2ofColdNose stuffed forehead hurts sore throat

Help. What's the most effective de congestion method or medication over the counter or home remedies?day2ofColdNose stuffed forehead hurts sore throat

Remedies: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestionsaline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Mild sore throat, with red spots.Sinus CT scan clear , have been on allergy medications from 7 months.Throat pains when i speak more.Please help?

Mild sore throat, with red spots.Sinus CT scan clear , have been on allergy medications from 7 months.Throat pains when i speak more.Please help?

See ENT: If you have throat pain for months and have not responded to allergy medications, you need to see an ENT to check out your throat. ...Read more

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What med is best to take for sinus drainage and raw/sore throat?

Saline rinses: You might try using a neti-pot for saline irrigations combined with a decongestant. ...Read more

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What's a good OTC medicine for sinus/face/neck pressure, thick green mucus & sore throat?

What's a good OTC medicine for sinus/face/neck pressure, thick green mucus & sore throat?

Sudafed: Sudafed works the best. If you can tolerate flonase, it's a nasal spray that helps a lot as well. For the other symptoms a little mucinex will help. You could try doing a sinus wash but most people hate the feeling of that. ...Read more

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What OTC medicine to control sinus symptoms like cough/sore throat/sinus headache can be taken safely while having a couple of beers?

What OTC medicine to control sinus symptoms like cough/sore throat/sinus headache can be taken safely while having a couple of beers?

OTC Sudafed: or nasal sprays such as Afrin should be safe, but only with moderate alcohol intake and assuming you have no medical conditions such as hypertension or take no other meds. ...Read more

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Please... is there anything over-the-counter that will soothe a severe sore throat and burning in my chest?

Please... is there anything over-the-counter that will soothe a severe sore throat and burning in my  chest?

No: Sounds like you have bronchitis. You can use any of the OTC decongestants like Mucinex (guaifenesin) but most likely you need to be evaluated by a doctor and may need antibiotics plus a prescription medicine for the discomfort. ...Read more

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I am experiencing a sore throat with ear pain and nausea- what could this be and is there anything over-the-counter that will help?

I am experiencing a sore throat with ear pain and nausea- what could this be and is there anything over-the-counter that will help?

Sore throat: could be a strep throat infection (a type of bacteria) or a virus. Would need to be tested to see if it is strep throat and then treatment provided with an antibiotic. Over the counter pain reducer like tylenol (acetaminophen) can help with discomfort. Talk with doc prior to taking any new medications and to have an exam. ...Read more

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I had a sore throat, then runny & stuffed nose. After 2 days, coughing up green mucus & 100.6 temp. Now at 99.2. Keep taking over the counter meds?

I had a sore throat, then runny & stuffed nose. After 2 days, coughing up green mucus & 100.6 temp. Now at 99.2. Keep taking over the counter meds?

Cough: monitor the fever. If the cough persists you may need to be checked out by a physician and get a chest X-ray and antibiotic. In the meantime it seems appropriate to continue OTC medication. ...Read more

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What should I take over-the-counter for ear aches and sore throat and stuffy nose?

What should I take over-the-counter for ear aches and sore throat and stuffy nose?

Seasonal flu: is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for reevaluation. ...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


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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more