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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 ?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 ?

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 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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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


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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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What's the best over-the-counter medicine to take for body ache and sore throat?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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What's the best over-the-counter medicine to take  for body ache and sore throat?

Acetaminophen: Acetaminophen (brand name tylenol) would be a good med to try first. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
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What is the best medication for sinus ear blocking sore throat congestion?

Dr. Carla Enriquez
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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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Dr. Wilbert Warren
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23 years in practice
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What's the best medication to take for fever, with muscle soreness, headache, exhaustion, some sinus drainage but no runny nose, and no sore throat?

Dr. Wilbert Warren
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What's the best medication to take for fever, with muscle soreness, headache, exhaustion, some sinus drainage but no runny nose, and no sore throat?

Meds for fever: Provided you have no contraindications like liver disease or allergy, the preferred medication for fever is acetaminophen. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Amster
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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?

Dr. Michael Amster
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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?

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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Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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?

Dr. Addagada Rao
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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?

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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Dr. Anthony Fritz
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Throat is killing me. Hard to swallow, fever, lethargic, sore throat, mouth/tongue also hurts. Best over-the-counter remedies?

Dr. Anthony Fritz
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Throat is killing me. Hard to swallow, fever, lethargic, sore throat, mouth/tongue also hurts. Best over-the-counter remedies?

See below: Consider using acetominophen for the fever and cepacol for the sore throat and naproxen and claritin for the illnesss. See your provider if things worsen. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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

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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Dr. Linda Gromko
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What is the best thing to take for a sinus infection or sore throat while pregnant?

Dr. Linda Gromko
Board Certified, Family Medicine
43 years in practice
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sore Throat (Definition)

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


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