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What do you do if you have a sore throat?

What do you do if you have a 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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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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I had a cold last week, fully recovered and now I have the flu. Is this normal? What do you recommend? I have body aches & sore throat.

I had a cold last week, fully recovered and now I have the flu. Is this normal? What do you recommend? I have body aches & sore throat.

Secondary infection: The common cold is a viral illness affecting the upper respiratory tract. It is possible to develop a secondary infection with a bacteria since your immune system is weakened from the cold and usually occurs shortly after the cold improves. Unlike a viral illness, bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. You need to see your doctor right away to be evaluated. A viral flu is less likely. ...Read more

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What not to eat when you have a sore throat?

What not to eat when you have a sore throat?

Nothing Really: No real restrictions unless the food or liquid causes pain. When sick, always very important to hydrate. ...Read more

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What should I eat if you have a sore throat?

What should I eat if you have a sore throat?

Soft food.: Avoid food that has hot temperature, is spicy, or has rough edges. Eat foods that are soft. Honey can be helpful for a sore throat (but don't give honey to infants). ...Read more

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What cause mucus to smell bad when you have a sore throat?

What cause mucus to smell bad when you have a sore throat?

Infection: sore throats are usually due to viral infections. strep throat is a bacterial infection. sometimes a strep throat has a characteristic smell. also I have seen pt with sore throat due to a sinus infection with post nasal drip and this can cause bad breath as well. a visit to a doctor can get better idea by a appropriate exam. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have a sore throat and a fever does that rule out a normal sore throat?

Not always: 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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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