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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 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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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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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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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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I am currently taking Abilify for depression. 5 mg. I took it this morning. I took Tylenol a couple of hours ago for headache. I have a sore throat. Is there any over-the-counter medication I can take?

I am currently taking Abilify for depression. 5 mg. I took it this morning. I took Tylenol a couple of hours ago for headache. I have a sore throat. Is there any over-the-counter medication I can take?

It is good: prognostic sign you accepted it &taking medications . This the first step to cure your illness , go for regular counseling , meet and talk with people , take all Rx ed medications , avoid OTC medication , you will come out of it and will turn in to a fine young lady then will do what ever you want too do in your life , sore throat is self limiting , drink plenty of fluids gargle with mouth wash ...Read more

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What is the best thing to take for a sinus infection or sore throat while pregnant?

What is the best thing to take for a sinus infection or sore throat while pregnant?

Saline sprays/drops: Normal saline sprayed into the nose, or instilled by a nettie pot are safe in pregnancy and may give you significant relief. If you need antibiotics, make sure your prescriber knows you are pregnant, as not all antibiotics are safe in pregnancy. Avoid medicinal sprays unless cleared by your health care provider. You may want to get a throat culture or rapid strep test. ...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 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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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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Throat Pain (Definition)

Throat pain is any tenderness or discomfort in the throat. This may be caused by bacterial or viral infections, or any kind of damage to the ...Read more


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