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Throat burns after smoking hookah, slight pain when swallowing, - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My throat is burned and burns after smoking hookah for an hour with friends. I have uploaded two pictures of what my throat looks like at the moment.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
User :   Hi doctor,
Doctor :   Ok, I am sorry, Could you send me the pics on to ?
Doctor :   That would be more helpful.
User :   Sure! give me a sec
User :   I just send the email
Doctor :   Pls. give me few secs. as I have not yet received.
Doctor :   May I know your age , and May I know if you have any pain , and how much if you grade it between 1 to 10 ?
User :   I am 20 years old. I have slight pain when swallowing or eating I would say 3
Doctor :   Ok, I have seen your pics, I have received two pics in all.
Doctor :   They do not show any major scalds or burns, you are lucky in a way.
User :   How so doctor?
Doctor :   Hukkah has hot steam which can cause worse burns than hot coffee or tea or any hot liquid.
Doctor :   And hot steam is more dangerous than liquid.
User :   What do you recommend for a way to medicate my throat?
User :   Also when I swallow it feels like my throat sticks together(like dry candy or sugar)
Doctor :   I would first like to let you know that a mild case of throat burn is treated similar to as Sore Throat and it heals pretty fast.
Doctor :   I shall give you some first aid , before you go to a dcotor physically.
Doctor :   1. Tab. Tylenol 500mg thrice daily for 2 days.
Doctor :   Please do not do the following things : Doctor :   1.DO NOT overcool the casualty; this may dangerously lower the body temperature.
2.DO NOT remove anything sticking to the burn; this may cause further damage and cause infection.
3.DO NOT touch or interfere with the injured area.
4.DO NOT burst blisters.
5.DO NOT apply lotions, ointment, or fat to the injury.
Doctor :   Please do the following things : User :   fat as in meet?
User :   meat*
Doctor :   Yes you are right.
1. Have not too cool or not warm milk shakes and banana or apple juice.
Doctor :   2. Do not take any solid food or anything hot and spicy for next 12 hrs.
User :   how about cold water?
Doctor :   3. Have lots of semi-cool to room temperature water.
Doctor :   Not cold water.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Do you any difficulty in breathing now ?
User :   no
Doctor :   And how much time has passed after the hookah burn ?
User :   I just got up ad felt it. I smoked it about 12 hrs ago
User :   and*
Doctor :   Ok,Burns in throat are very dangerous most of the times , as they cause rapid swelling and inflammation of the air passages. The swelling will rapidly block the airway, giving rise to a serious risk of suffocation. Immediate and highly specialised medical assistance is required. So I would also recommend that you have some assistance in case of emeregency , though you do not have any difficulty in breathing or any severe pain.
User :   I wont be able to see a doctor until Tuesday or Wednesday is that still ok
Doctor :   Any friend or family member to take note of any emergency sitaution, though I do not suspect any.
Doctor :   That would be okay ,but just have some one to keep track of your situation, and health status
User :   I have family members that can be told and I also can go to the ER in case of emergency
Doctor :   Thats absolutely fine then.
Doctor :   No need to worry, just let them know.
User :   What about brushing my teeth?
User :   toothpaste is has a very strong minty substance
Doctor :   That would be fine until you dont use a strong paste or gargle too much, Or clean your tongue or otherwise, just a gentle massage on gums and teeth will do no problem.
User :   Ok! is there anything else I should know doctor before I go?
Doctor :   I feel I have helped you with all the necessary steps
User :   Ok thank you doc for your help
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me, Take care, Bye for now.
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