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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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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 should I do about a sore throat and white patches at the back of my throat?

See Doctor: Could be strep. But not absolutely. Untreated strep throat in rare cases can cause serious complications. These include rheumatic heart disease which generally is permanent damage. There is a window of a week or so where treatment with appropriate antibiotics will prevent this problem. You need to see your doctor for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can I do about a sore throat and dry, painful cough that has lasted for over a week?

What can I do about a sore throat and dry, painful cough that has lasted for over a week?

NAGGY COUGH: Tis the season for nagging cough symptoms. It is likely viral or environmental. You can try over-the-counter antihistamines and/or decongestant medications. You may also try OTC cough medications, but all of these should be discussed with a clinician first if you have any medical history for which you were taking other medicines. If symptoms persist or worsen see your doctor promptly. ...Read more

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What do I do about my sore throat?

What do I do about my sore throat?

What to do.: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a 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 amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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What should I do about my sore throat?

What should I do about my sore throat?

Several things: 1. Gargle w/ salt water 2. Drink plenty of water 3. Avoid carbonated beverages 4. Topical throat sprays may be helpful 5. Avoid very hot food and spicy food 6. A soft diet may be helpful if you do not see improvement in 24 to 48 hours, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What should I do about my sore throat?

What should I do about my sore throat?

Sore Throat options: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced >>. ...Read more

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What should I do about nausea/sore throat caused by allergies?

What should I do about nausea/sore throat caused by allergies?

Post nasal drip: Usually the sore throat with allergies is due to post-nasal drip irritating the throat. Getting better control of your allergies with nasal medication or, more effective still, allergen immunotherapy, would address the root cause. But in the short term, try a sinus rinse like a netipot and see if that can decrease the amount of mucus that drains into your throat. ...Read more

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What to do about really bad sore throat with canker sores and fever?

What to do about really bad sore throat with canker sores and fever?

Viral or bacterial: upper respiratory tract infection with secondary fever blisters. You need antibiotics and use vitamin E or blistex on fever blisters ...Read more

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What can I do about persistent sore throat caused by, i think, post-nasal drip which i definitely have? I don't have a fever or cold.

What can I do about persistent sore throat caused by, i think, post-nasal drip which i definitely have?  I don't have a fever or cold.

Treat the drip..: Treating the cause/drip is the way to go... Currently, steroid nasal sprays are first-line treatment for nasal allergies. Antihistamines such as zyrtec/claritin/allegra/benadryl (available otc) may help, but steroid still the best. Often nasal allergies/congestion cause you to breath via mouth during sleep and thus inducing the sore throat. I suggest consulting your doc for eval/treat. Good luck. ...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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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

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