Throat pain. If the painis associated with voice over-use or a simple cold or allergy, a simple remedy is to dissolve a tablespoon of table salt in 8 oz warm water. Gargle with this mixture on an as-needed basis. Using lozenges to keep the throat moist (by increasing salivary flow) works as well.
Yes. If by throat pain, you're referring to a sore throat as one may get in the early stages of a cold, otc analgesics such as aspirin, tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil/ibuprofen or Aleve are helpful. If the throat pain is unusual, for instance with difficulty swallowing or high fever, more serious conditions (eg, epiglottitis) or tumor should be ruled out.
I have been having severe throat pain, body aches, headaches, and coughing for the last 3 days. What should I do? I've tried over the counter but nothing seems to help
Doctor can evaluate. Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or the flu (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away in 1-2 days (mainly to check for strep throat). Coughing can be checked to see if it is pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma... Read more...