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Recurring sore throat - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hi doctor, last Wednesday I woke up with a sore throat and it wasn't that bad. As the day went on it worsened and by 6 in the evening it hurt a lot and I was dizzy, had a headache, a fever of around 103 and a bit of muscle pain. I went home and looked up the symptoms and everything pointed to strep. I live alone and my doctor is about an hour away so I haven't really had time to go yet. Today my fever is completely gone as well as all the other symptoms. My throat still kills though and regular pain killers don't seem to work. I was just wondering when it was going to start to feel better.
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   yes, 21 male
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you have symptoms of recurrent sorethroat in the past?
User :   no not really
User :   i get a sore throat during the winter season if i get a cold but that's it
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes or hypertension?
User :   nope, nothing
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Your symptoms are features of upper respiratory tract infection.
User :   ok
Doctor :   The cause that is whether its a strep infection or a viral one can only be determined by swab tests.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Since your symptoms have improved considerably since the onset, it appears that the infection is settling down.
Doctor :   You can try salt water gargles or gargles with chlorhexidine mouth gargles.
User :   so does that mean the throat pain will start to ease soon as well
User :   yah I'm already doing that
Doctor :   Alternative measures is
Doctor :   gargling with aspirin in warm water.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Try these and it should be better in a day or twol
User :   awesome. Also im a sports reporter for a local news paper and was supposed to cover a game tonight. Is that a no-no still? I'm feeling like I could do it but I don't want to infect others as well
User :   Also with the aspirin gargling, should i dissolve one or two and can I still take some afterwards?
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