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What medicine do I take for severe sore throat and cough? I had strep throat about 3 or 4weeks ago.

What medicine do I take for severe sore throat and cough? I had strep throat about 3 or 4weeks ago.

R/O Strep: It would be a good idea to rule out recurrent strep throat and if there, treat with antibiotics prescribed. In the meantime, warm salt water gargles, chloraseptic spray, herbal tea with lemon and honey, avoid spicy and citrus foods, OTC pain relievers as needed. Ice cream or cold drinks if helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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What can I take for sore throat cough stuffy nose?

What can I take for sore throat cough stuffy nose?

My favorites: When I have those symptoms I take ibuprofen and dayquil / nyquil (generic is OK). ...Read more

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What medication can I Take for sore throat, stuffy nose and coughing up yellow phlegm if I have high BP?

What medication can I Take for sore throat, stuffy nose and coughing up yellow phlegm if I have high BP?

This is an infection: If your phlegm is yellow, you likely have an infection and it is no longer simply a "head cold". Having said that you need to be seen by PCP and considered for antibacterial if it is not deemed viral. However, in the interim, for symptomatic relief you can take Delsym for cough, ADvil/tylenol for soar throat altho that will mask a fever, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as a decongestant at night (sleep), no Sudafed ...Read more

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What can I drink or do to take care of a sore throat or cough?

What can I drink or do to take care of a sore throat or cough?

Sore throat: You can try Advil/Motrin for the pain. Drink plenty of warm and cold fluids which can soothe the throat. Honey can coat the throat and might help the cough. If you feel a trio in the back of throat, then that might be causing the pain and you can try an over the counter antihistamine to help with that. ...Read more

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Sore throat and dry cough at night what can I take? Cough keeps me up can't stop coughing due to my throat

Cough...: It sounds as if you may be describing a post-nasal drip, which causes the itchy, scratchy throat and dry cough by stimulating cough receptors at the back of the throat. If an older child (> 12 years old) or adult, may try an otc decongestant and cough suppressant, usually with dextromethorphan. Throat lozenges, humidifiers, topical Vicks and offering warm liquids will also help;. ...Read more

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Sore throat for 2weeks and cough but my head and cheeks feels as if its hot but if I touch my face or take temp its all fine??

Sore throat for 2weeks and cough but my head and cheeks feels as if its hot but if I touch my face or take temp its all fine??

Sore throat: If you have a sore throat and you do not have a fever you likely have post nasal drip. I would get the nasal steroid spray like nasal cort. Two sprays each nostril with the head pointed down to the ground. Give it a few days to get the full results of the meds. The sore throat is likely to post nasal drip. If you start to cough color: yellow or brown you may need an antibiotic good luck ...Read more

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Waking up with sore throat and very hurtful cough. I had strep throat about 3weeks ago. Am I getting it again? Forgot to take 5pills fromantibiotics.

Waking up with sore throat and very hurtful cough. I had strep throat about 3weeks ago. Am I getting it again? Forgot to take 5pills fromantibiotics.

Possibly: Strep throat can reoccur. This can happen if you miss pills or if you are re exposed to the strep bacteria. Be rechecked with a throat swab to see if you still have strep. ...Read more

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Hi, I've had a sore throat about a week ago, my sore throat is now gone I have very dry coughs and whenever I take a deep breath I cough too help pls?

Hi, I've had a sore throat about a week ago, my sore throat is now gone I have very dry coughs and whenever I take a deep breath I cough too help pls?

Post viral infection: Post viral infection cough is quite common and can linger for weeks. If it persists then you should see your PCP or a lung Doctor. For now take cough drops and if nose congested or you feel postnatal drip take Loratadine plain. Hope it helped. Feel better! ...Read more

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What could it be, chills, fever, cough and sore throat? What to do/take?

What could it be, chills, fever, cough and sore throat? What to do/take?

Allergies or sick: If you have color in your drainage and fever with chills you may have a virus or bacterial infection. Drink lots of fluid and make an appointment to see your doctor if you do not resolve with the usual over the counter products. She will start you on an antibiotic if needed or prescription meds to help clear you up. ...Read more

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I think I have laryngitis for 7 days now. My throat is completely gone and have sore throat, mild cough. I have 5 amoxcillin at home can I take them?

I think I have laryngitis for 7 days now. My throat is completely gone and have sore throat, mild cough. I have 5 amoxcillin at home can I take them?

Viral infection: The combination of sore throat, hoarseness, and dry cough are almost always due to a viral infection and antibiotics are not effective for these infections. If symptoms persist a throat and chest exam along with a throat culture would be advisable. ...Read more

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My husband is sick with headache, cough & sore throat. He's taking dayquil & nyquil & also halls. Will this help him or should he take something else?

My husband is sick with headache, cough & sore throat. He's taking dayquil & nyquil & also halls. Will this help him or should he take something else?

Seasonal flu: It is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. If there is no improvement or sore throat is severe or lasts longer than another week, or you are getting joint pain; see your pcp for evaluation. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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What can I do to take care of and remedy a cough, sore throat, and stopped up nose?

What can I do to take care of and remedy a cough, sore throat, and stopped up nose?

Cold symptoms: Ther are many otc medications that you can use to help relieve your symptoms. Decongestants can help your stuffy nose, dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant, and Ibuprofen can help with your sore throat. Feel better. ...Read more

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Actually I know that cefdinir is an abx. Tm102, cough, no sore throat which should make strep throat less likely so should he take the abx rx for it?

Actually I know that cefdinir is an abx. Tm102, cough, no sore throat which should make strep throat less likely so should he take the abx rx for it?

Incomplete info: If this post is a follow up to a previous one, be aware they are never linked so we cannot see them. They also go to the site at random. The information in the present post is not adequate to make any recommendation. You are welcome to start over with background info and a clear related question. ...Read more

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I have sinus drainage, sore throat, & cough but no fever. What can I take for relief?

I have sinus drainage, sore throat, & cough but no fever. What can I take for relief?

See your doctor: If your symptoms have been this persistent, you need to see your doctor. He/she will listen to you, do an examination, and possibly run some tests to see what's wrong. ...Read more

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I just got over a cold 2weeks ago why do I hv a cold again im sneezing big time bad cough sore throat and cold chills what to take?

I just got over a cold 2weeks ago why do I hv a cold again im sneezing big time bad cough sore throat and cold chills what to take?

Sinusitis: With the description of symptoms and the timing I am concerned that you may have s secondary bacterial sinus infection. You should see your doctor and may need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Young, healthy, got c diff just from taking a single zpack. Now have month-long cough, sinus infec, sore throat. Can I ever take antibios again?

Yes.: Take Probiotics with and after Antibiotic treatment. Not every Antibiotic and every time you take Antibiotic would cause C. Deficile Toxin Induced Diarrhea. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing, dry cough, fever and now a sore throat. What is this? And what medicine should I take or any home remedies that would help?

Difficulty breathing, dry cough, fever and now a sore throat. What is this? And what medicine should I take or any home remedies that would help?

Acute Bronchitis: Is very common disease caused by cold or upper respiratory infection. Usually improves without complications in a week, but the cough can last for several weeks.
If the condition accompanied by wheezing or shortness of breath, fever over 100.5 f, interferes with your sleep, see your pcp for further investigation. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat. I have Fever, Cough, and Headache, hard swallowing. My tonsillis has been take out in 4 month. Do I need antibio?

I am experiencing sore throat. I have Fever, Cough, and Headache, hard swallowing. My tonsillis has been take out in 4 month. Do I need antibio?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, one sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). A couple days of throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease pain. ...Read more

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Have chest pain like pressure, dry cough, dry sore throat, picked it up in tokyo. Should I take the amoxacillin I have with me?

Have chest pain like pressure, dry cough, dry sore throat, picked it up in tokyo. Should I take the amoxacillin I have with me?

No: You have no evidence that you have a bacterial infection going on at this time. I would be interested to know if you have swelling in your legs and shortness of breath. I wonder if you may have another process like a embolism in your lung. You need to be seen and evaluated prior to taking antibiotics ...Read more

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The past 3 days I've been feeling sick, sore throat, cough, sneezing, runny and feeling tired what can I take overthecounter I taketheraflu at night.?

The past 3 days I've been feeling sick, sore throat, cough, sneezing, runny and feeling tired what can I take overthecounter I taketheraflu at night.?

You can...: Rest, drink lots of fluids, take some vitamin c, and give it a few days. Over the counter cold remedies have little to no effect. Most colds last about a week. If it's still going on after 2-3 weeks, you may have a sinus infection or something else going on, so you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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How much days it takes to cure sore throat due to acidity reflux? I'm facing it from 2 weeks. No pain while swallowing. Little cough. Sligh change in voice

That depends: If one is obese - they may need to lose weigh. Are you taking any medications for this? What non-pharmacological measures have you taken? ...Read more

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I just took nyquil for my cough and sore throat now it's been half hour and I've been coughing crazy is it safe to take promethazine codeine in liquid?

I just took nyquil for my cough and sore throat now it's been half hour and I've been coughing crazy is it safe to take promethazine codeine in liquid?

Cough syrup: I don't prescribe promethazine for cough and do not consider it safe. The recommendation is a teaspoon of honey, which has proven benefits in the pediatric literature. Try a mug of hot tea and then the honey to coat the throat for its demulcent properties. If coughing for several days and worse, a proper history and physical is in order to seek the cause of your cough. ...Read more

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What can I take for a severe cold? Stopped up nose, cough, sore throat and sneezing. I need some relief

What can I take for a severe cold? Stopped up nose, cough, sore throat and sneezing. I need some relief

Cold: Rest, fluids, saline spray for your nose are good for starters. You can talk to your pharmacist about over the counter preparations. If this doesn't help and you are getting worse see your doctor. All the best. ...Read more

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I'm on 200mg Zoloft (sertraline) daily +trazodone at night. Is it ok to take benelyn for my sore throat and dry cough?

I'm on 200mg Zoloft (sertraline) daily +trazodone at night. Is it ok to take benelyn for my sore throat and dry cough?

Yes: Just be careful of the extra sedation you may have and lower the trazodone dose temporarily if hungover in the morning. Be careful driving and working around machinery. ...Read more

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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