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Medicines for sore throat - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hello
User :   is anyone there
Doctor :   hi xxxx
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   i have strep throat
User :   could you advice
Doctor :   do you mean a sore throat?
User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   How long have you had this?
User :   its been about 4 days and i have had 3 doses of 'augmentin' so far
User :   there doesn't seem to be too much of an improvement
User :   should i continue
Doctor :   Are you having a fever/ cough?
User :   no fever
User :   no cough
User :   just a painful larynx
Doctor :   cold/ nose block?
Doctor :   ok
User :   none
Doctor :   Do you have any health problems?
Doctor :   other than the sore throat
User :   none apart from this
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   How old are you and
Doctor :   what work do you do?
User :   i am 23 and a student
Doctor :   DId you see a doctor who prescribed augmentin for you?
User :   no. i did not consult anyone.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i had a strip of augmentin with me
Doctor :   The medicine you have taken
User :   and i have consumed it in the past to good effect
Doctor :   is a very strong antibiotic
User :   yes
Doctor :   you should not be usuing it
Doctor :   so liberally
User :   yes
Doctor :   from what you have told me
User :   i use it very sparingly
Doctor :   you seem to have had a viral fever
Doctor :   as long as you are halthy and eating well
Doctor :   your body fights off this infection in 4-5 days
User :   ok
Doctor :   Taking antibiotics unnecessarily is not good for your immunity
User :   need i continue with the medication
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   for 2 more days this time
Doctor :   Take a disprin dispersible
Doctor :   tablet in a glass of hot water
User :   ok
Doctor :   and gargle with it
Doctor :   it will give you relef
User :   sure
Doctor :   also do steam inhalation twice daily
User :   will lozenges help too
Doctor :   yes
At the first instance of a fever you can also take
Doctor :   a multivitamin like Riconia which will help your general
Doctor :   well being
Doctor :   but avopid antibiotics
User :   sure
Doctor :   unless they are prescribed by a doctor
Doctor :   remember
Doctor :   the antibiotics have no efffect
User :   sure
Doctor :   on a virus
User :   i figured it was a regular streptococcus infection
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you with Arvind?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   why?
User :   how can i be sure it isnt
Doctor :   what does your throat look like?
Doctor :   The most common cause of a sore throat is viral
User :   its patchy
User :   and there's phlegm
Doctor :   which subsides in a few days with just paracetamol and drinking plenty of fluids
Doctor :   When you say patchy- what colour are the patches?
User :   i smoke and this is the only ailment i routinely suffer from
User :   white patches
Doctor :   what colour is the phlegm?
User :   white
Doctor :   how much do you smoke?
User :   patches on the tonsils and uvula
User :   two to four cigarettes a day
Doctor :   ok
User :   have stopped since the past few days
Doctor :   How often do you get these sore throat/ patches?
User :   once in a few months
User :   its always due to excessive smoking
Doctor :   have you ever seen An ENT specialist for this?
User :   along with exposure to dust or rain or any allergen
User :   no i have not
Doctor :   Its best for you to consult an ENT specialist for a physcial examination
User :   sure, i will schedule an appointment
Doctor :   I cannot give you an accurate opinion without seeing yor throat
User :   i understand
Doctor :   Since you have been having this problem for some time
Doctor :   See a specialist
User :   sure
Doctor :   Its not good to keep taking antibiotics
User :   yes
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you eith xxxx?
User :   could i know who i am speaking with
Doctor :   this is Dr.xxxx
User :   from ?
Doctor :   Bangalore
User :   i see
User :   thank you very much
Doctor :   you are welcome xxxx
Doctor :   are you from Bangalore too?
User :   yes
Doctor :   you can use the search doctor feature on our home page
Doctor :   to find a specialist in your area
User :   i am currently out of the country though
User :   hence the self medication
Doctor :   Thats not a very good idea
Doctor :   Do you have any h/o asthma
User :   no
Doctor :   ok
User :   no other medical condition
Doctor :   As you are abroad
Doctor :   it will be difficult
Doctor :   to go straight to a specialist
User :   yes
Doctor :   but please see a GP atleast
User :   sure
Doctor :   you did say you took 3 doses of Augmentin
Doctor :   over 4 days
Doctor :   How many mg was the strength?
User :   no. it was 4 doses. since yesterday
User :   thrice a day
Doctor :   ok
User :   500mg
Doctor :   Are you sure you are taking augmentin?
User :   yes i am
User :   in fact, that is the only medicine i am carrying with me
Doctor :   because it is avlbl in only 375, 625 or 1000 mg
User :   since i know i am prone to this condititon
User :   oh im sorry
User :   i meant 625
Doctor :   and for the 625 - the dosage is twice daily only
Doctor :   thats allright
Doctor :   I just wanted to be certain abt the antibiotic
User :   ok
User :   i shall resort to medicated gargling
User :   and cut down on the antibiotic
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   but do see a GP
Doctor :   as your patches on the throat- every few months
User :   sure. will do
Doctor :   are not good
Doctor :  
I hope this chat was useful
User :   thanks a lot doc
Doctor :   most welcome
Doctor :   Have XXXXXXXX day/ evening
User :   it sure was
Doctor :   thanks
User :   thank you very much
you too. bye
Doctor :   get back between (am to 9pm ist
Doctor :   if you need any other help
Doctor :   bye
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