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What to do for a sore throat?

What to do for a sore throat?

Lukewarm salt water : Cep astray or cepacol lozenges/spray. See a doctor if worsening site throat, fever and enlarged lymph glands, trouble swallowing or wheezing in the throat. ...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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What can someone do about a sore throat?

What can someone do about a sore throat?

Sore throat: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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What to do for a soar throat?

What to do for a soar throat?

Sore throat: F you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider & get a strep 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

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What can I do if for a sore throat?

Be careful: Perisitant sore throats, lasting more than 2 weeks can be a red flag. If this is the case consult an ENT specialist. For sure if you smoke, stop. ...Read more

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What can u do for a sore throat?

What can u do for a sore throat?

Quite a few things: If your sore throat is from a viral infection, then simply time, warm water gargles, throat lozenges or pain medications like tylenol (acetaminophen) should be sufficient. If you have a more severe sore throat, especially from a bacterial infection (like strep) you will need antibiotics in addition to pain relief. Feel better! ...Read more

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What to do for a really sore throat and fever?

What to do for a really sore throat and fever?

Rapid Strep Test: A really sore throat, fever, an exudate(pus) on your pharynx or tonsils or enlarged lymph nodes near the angle of your jaws suggests the need for a strep throat test. Other less common causes include pharyngeal arcanobacterium, chlamydophilia, gonorrhea and diptheria. Get checkied out. If a rapid strep test is positive you will need antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sore throat that kills to talk and swallow?

What to do if I have a sore throat that kills to talk and swallow?

Med eval: 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 should I do for a sore throat?

What should I do for a sore throat?

What to do: 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. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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What to do about strep throat?

What to do about strep throat?

Maybe: You can always play the odds and see what happens.Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep ; it passed.However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications.The only way to know if you had strep was to test it.If treated within 10 days of 1st symptoms you can stop the pattern of complications for strep, if not, you know you won't suffer them. ...Read more

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What do I do for a sore throat?

Depends on how bad : Sore throats are quite common. If you have a high fever and a very sore throat it might be an indication of bacterial infection. You may need antibiotics. If it is a relatively minor sore throat then it is more likely viral. Salt water gargles and antiseptics like listerine are helpful. Always seek medical if throat is getting worse. Rarely tumors can present with a sore throat as well. ...Read more

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What do I do for a sore throat?

Depends on cause: If you have fever and no cough, rapid strep test may be needed (need antibiotic if strep). Otherwise likely viral. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid can help with pain. If congested, then Sudafed. If associated with nasal drainage, then antihistamine. If exacerbated by cough, then add cough suppressant. Pharmacist can help with these and advise for possible side effects. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sore throat !?

What to do if I have a sore throat !?

Comfort measures: Assuming you don't have a lot of other symptoms, the following may help: gargling with warm water with salt (1/4 teaspoon in 8 ounces); sore throat lozenges such as cepacol; sore throat spray such as chloraseptic; a teaspoon of honey as needed; and pain reliever such as Acetaminophen (tylenol). If your sore throat is accompanied by other significant symptoms, please seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What should I do to address a sore throat and burning mouth?

What should I do to address a sore throat and burning mouth?

TLC and antibiotic: A sore throat caused by viral infection — the most common cause usually lasts five to seven days and doesn't require medical treatment. Just some tlc. If your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, your doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics. Penicillin the most one prescribe. ...Read more

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What should I do to help a strep throat?

What should I do to help a strep throat?

Antibiotics + 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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What can you do to soothe a sore throat?

What can you do to soothe a sore throat?

Chlorohexidine rinse: You would need a prescription from your dentist but using chlorohexidine rrinse such as periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate) or Peridex to gargle with will quickly soothe your throat other choices are warm salt water rinses, mouth washes and Benzocaine sprays. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sore throat and a swollen tonsil, what is this?

What to do if I have a sore throat and a swollen tonsil, what is this?

Mono, Streph,virus ?: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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What can you do to ease a sore throat fast?

Sore throat: 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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What can I do about painful strep throat?

What can I do about painful strep throat?

Antibiotic: If the throat culture is positive for streptococcus and it is considered the cause of your painful throat, then an appropriate oral antibiotic should relieve your symptoms promptly. Remember, there are carriers of this bacteria who are asymptomatic. Therefore, the doctor must know that this is the causative organism. If it is, then oral antibiotics are the treatment of choice. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell if you have strep throat vs soar throat?

What can you do to tell if you have strep throat vs soar throat?

Strep test/ culture: 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. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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