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Home remedies to soothe viral sore throats - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hello.
Doctor :   How can I help you
User :   I have been suffering from a sore throat for about 10 days. I went to the doctor on day 2 and they put me on an antibiotic and I started feeling better. Now my throat is starting to get a little sore again, but nothing like before. The problem is that my tonsils are swollen and have white spots all over it and even my tongue is a little swollen. What do you think is wrong? I took the strep test when I visited the doctor, but it came back negative.
Doctor :   Get it done once again
Doctor :   for strep test
User :   I feel better and everything, its just that my tonsils are really bad.
Doctor :   You got to follow some precautions
Doctor :   in your daily activities
Doctor :   Hello are you there
User :   yes
Doctor :   Here are some home treatments to soothe either a
viral or bacterial sore throat: User :   ok
Doctor :   Gargle with warm salt water every couple of
Doctor :   Use 1/4 teaspoon of table salt in an
8-ounce glass of water. This will help lessen the
irritation that is causing your throat to feel sore.
User :   I do that sometimes
Doctor :   Suck on popsicles
Doctor :   DO it continously
Doctor :   for next 4 to 5 days
Doctor :   from now on
User :   ok
Doctor :   Drink more liquids.
User :   I drink water all day long
Doctor :   Rest is too imp
Doctor :   What is your age?
User :   I am 19
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details of the patient-Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No.
Doctor :   Ninety percent of strep cases occur in patients
aged 5 to 15 years
Doctor :   Most sore throats are caused by viral infections
User :   I am 19, I am a Waitress in illinois, Single, 5'4" 115 lbs and no dependents
Doctor :   Confirm your details
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User :   yes
Doctor :   I shall provide you more information about your present condition and how to manage it, by sending you a document to your email ID. Please go through the document once and I am sure it clears all your doubts and be very helpful and if you have queries any more we always assist you any time over chat.
Doctor :   Is it ok?
User :   ok do you think that maybe I should have my tonsils removed?
User :   I have a history of strep and sore throat
Doctor :   That is an good suggestin
Doctor :   if you have bothersome symtoms more than 4 to 6 times
Doctor :   an year
User :   I have them pretty much all the time
Doctor :   Then go for it
User :   my tonsils are abnormally large anyways
Doctor :   Tonsillectomy
User :   Doesn't it take a long time to recover
Doctor :   it takes 3 to 7 days to recover
User :   really, that isn't that bad. I was reading up on it and it said like 10 to 20 days
User :   I cant afford to be out that long
Doctor :   You got to follow some things after the tonsillectomy
Doctor :   which your doc explains you
User :   yeah
Doctor :   it helps in speedy recovery
User :   I just dont take pain very well at all
Doctor :   you have good pain killers
Doctor :   to reduce the pain
User :   yeah
Doctor :   you can put the DISPIRIN tablet in warm water and gargles
Doctor :   to reduce the apin
Doctor :   pain
Doctor :   in the throat
User :   yeah
User :   Do people usually have to stay overnight in the hospital for it?
Doctor :   yes
User :   I have never stayed over night in a hospital and am not too keen on needles
Doctor :   dont worry this is to ensure that there is not much blood loss
Doctor :   after the removal of tonsils
User :   not good with blood either
Doctor :   Come on no one is so
Doctor :   Every one wants to stay home
Doctor :   but at times you got to accept the reality of illness
User :   yeah I had to have some tests the other day and passed out because they took my blood
User :   yeah, I am always sick it seems
Doctor :   I am sure this doesnt happen next time
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