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Sore throat congestion chills body ache?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Leila Hashemi
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Cold

Hi, it seems you have a cold, rest, drink plenty of fluid, hot tea and soup, also you can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin.
if you develop high fever and don't get better in a day and 2 please see a provider.

In brief: Cold

Hi, it seems you have a cold, rest, drink plenty of fluid, hot tea and soup, also you can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin.
if you develop high fever and don't get better in a day and 2 please see a provider.
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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sorry to hear that

You need to call your Doctor so you can be examined to determine if you have a viral or bacterial infection, as the bacterial may require an antibiotic prescription.
Best wishes, get well soon.

In brief: Sorry to hear that

You need to call your Doctor so you can be examined to determine if you have a viral or bacterial infection, as the bacterial may require an antibiotic prescription.
Best wishes, get well soon.
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1 comment
Dr. Georgia Latham
Hi Dr. Munshower, Other than a test for strep, I am not sure how to differentiate a viral versus bacterial infection based on an examination. I often wish for some type of test to differentiate the two. If you have any other insight, please share it with me. Thx, Georgia
Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rest, drink fluids

Try gargling with warm salt water 4 times a day.
Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or Ibuprofen as needed for fever, chills, body aches, or other discomfort. Drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. If a sore throat continues for more than 3 days, a test for Strep throat should be done. Strep throat left untreated for more than 7 days can result in serious consequences.

In brief: Rest, drink fluids

Try gargling with warm salt water 4 times a day.
Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or Ibuprofen as needed for fever, chills, body aches, or other discomfort. Drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. If a sore throat continues for more than 3 days, a test for Strep throat should be done. Strep throat left untreated for more than 7 days can result in serious consequences.
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2 comments
Dr. David Houghton
The only complications of strep that might be prevented with antibiotics are paratonsillar abscess and rheumatic fever, both of which are very rare in adults. Strep throat is also uncommon in adults with congestion and myalgia. Viral illness is much more likely, and unfortunately, too often a visit to 'check for bacterial infection' leads to antibiotics, even when they're not warranted.
Dr. Georgia Latham
Thank you for your comment Dr. Houghton. Although rare, rheumatic fever can be serious. I don't tend to think that a visit to check for bacterial infection would necessarily lead to antibiotics, but yesterday I saw how right you are about that when I reviewed a case on Health Tap in which the doctor prescribed Zithromax after one day of a sore throat.
Dr. David Houghton
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Viral symptoms

These symptoms are commonly associated with viral illness, such as influenza (the flu).
Many types of viruses cause these symptoms. If there is prolonged fever over 101 (more than 4 days), severe pain, shortness of breath, or severe dizziness, then medical care should be sought. Most of the time these symptoms begin to improve within 5-7 days. Acetaminophen, rest and fluids can help.

In brief: Viral symptoms

These symptoms are commonly associated with viral illness, such as influenza (the flu).
Many types of viruses cause these symptoms. If there is prolonged fever over 101 (more than 4 days), severe pain, shortness of breath, or severe dizziness, then medical care should be sought. Most of the time these symptoms begin to improve within 5-7 days. Acetaminophen, rest and fluids can help.
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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Time to rest now

Sounds like your body has been on overdrive, and needs to recover. That's best done by hydrating well, keeping warm, resting, taking vitamin C capsules or zinc lozenges to combat any virus that may be causing the cold to linger. If this doesn't help, it's time to see your doctor soon!

In brief: Time to rest now

Sounds like your body has been on overdrive, and needs to recover. That's best done by hydrating well, keeping warm, resting, taking vitamin C capsules or zinc lozenges to combat any virus that may be causing the cold to linger. If this doesn't help, it's time to see your doctor soon!
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Strep throat?

Possible strep throat.
If fever > 101 for 2 or more days, then see physician and have rapid strep done. Could be a viral cause. Take antipyretics for fever, drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated.

In brief: Strep throat?

Possible strep throat.
If fever > 101 for 2 or more days, then see physician and have rapid strep done. Could be a viral cause. Take antipyretics for fever, drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated.
Thank
1 comment
Dr. David Houghton
The only complications of strep that might be prevented with antibiotics are paratonsillar abscess and rheumatic fever, both of which are very rare in adults. Strep throat is also uncommon in adults with congestion and myalgia. Viral illness is much more likely, and unfortunately, too often a visit to 'check for bacterial infection' leads to antibiotics, even when they're not warranted.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Virus vs bacteria

Most common cause of sort throat, congestion, chills & body ache is a viral infection which won't respond to antibiotics.
This time of year, influenza is a very common virus for which you can mitigate infection by getting immunized. Strep throat (caused by bacteria) is treated w/antibiotics. Your family doc can calculate Centor http://www.mdcalc.com/modified-centor-score-for-strep-pharyngitis/

In brief: Virus vs bacteria

Most common cause of sort throat, congestion, chills & body ache is a viral infection which won't respond to antibiotics.
This time of year, influenza is a very common virus for which you can mitigate infection by getting immunized. Strep throat (caused by bacteria) is treated w/antibiotics. Your family doc can calculate Centor http://www.mdcalc.com/modified-centor-score-for-strep-pharyngitis/
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1 comment
Dr. David Houghton
The only complications of strep that might be prevented with antibiotics are paratonsillar abscess and rheumatic fever, both of which are very rare in adults. Strep throat is also uncommon in adults with congestion and myalgia. Viral illness is much more likely, and unfortunately, too often a visit to 'check for bacterial infection' leads to antibiotics, even when they're not warranted.
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Strep throat

needs to be ruled out first with test.
If positive you need antibiotic. Otherwise it is a viral infection requires symptomatic treatment for your symptoms. So , see your doctor.

In brief: Strep throat

needs to be ruled out first with test.
If positive you need antibiotic. Otherwise it is a viral infection requires symptomatic treatment for your symptoms. So , see your doctor.
Thank
1 comment
Dr. David Houghton
The only complications of strep that might be prevented with antibiotics are paratonsillar abscess and rheumatic fever, both of which are very rare in adults. Strep throat is also uncommon in adults with congestion and myalgia. Viral illness is much more likely, and unfortunately, too often a visit to 'check for bacterial infection' leads to antibiotics, even when they're not warranted.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: You sound sick.

This could be a sinus infection or even the flu.
You may require treatment. You need to visit your PMD or consult with one of us on HealthTap. There may be some medications that can help you to feel better.

In brief: You sound sick.

This could be a sinus infection or even the flu.
You may require treatment. You need to visit your PMD or consult with one of us on HealthTap. There may be some medications that can help you to feel better.
Thank
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