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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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User :   hi. sorry to bother you, but i'm not feeling well. i haven't been 100% for about a week when I woke up with a soar throat. i thought perhaps a few days later I might get some congestion, but i never did. my ears itch, my throat tickles, and feel tired, but it's not going away after a week.
what do you think i have? should i go to the dr. since i'm not well yet?
Doctor :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here
Doctor :   let me read what you have typed
Doctor :   have you taken any medication til now?
User :   hmmm...just dayquil
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is there fever associated?
User :   no, just a really dry throat that i didnt mention
User :   it keeps making me cough i noticed
Doctor :   is the cough productive?
Doctor :   if yes, what is the sputum color?
User :   i'm assuming it is sinus infection related
User :   no mucus, no
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   since when are these symptoms happening?
User :   for about a week now. my biggest compliant is that my ears itch and i feel somewhat weak
Doctor :   ok, is there hearing loss?
User :   no. i've had sinus issues before and it usually goes away by now.
Doctor :   is there headache associated?
User :   no
Doctor :   i recommend an ENT examination to rule out sinus issues
Doctor :   and to start antibiotic if infections is found
Doctor :   in the meantime follow these steps
Doctor :   continue the medication as you are taking
Doctor :   1) do warm salt water gargling to soothe the throat
Doctor :   2) do steam inhalation 2-3 times a day along with gargling, to relieve sinus symptoms
Doctor :   If Dayquil is not working take tab Tylenol tablet 2 times a day along with Benadryl two times a day
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   yes, these are excellent recommendations. thank you. i will try to get in tomorrow to my dr.
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   nope. thank you dr.
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