Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
145 Doctors are Online

Throat irritation, looks red - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Excellent Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2005
Answered : 2308 Questions
User :   For the last 5 days I have throat irritation which occurs mostly at night. It feels like strep at times, and then it goes away, and it comes back. I have no white spots on the throat so far, but when I look at my throat it looks a little red. The only other symptoms that comes and goes is a sneeze here and there and itchy eyes. Could this be allergy related?
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :  
User :   how are you?
Doctor :   very fine , thank you
Doctor :   yes, the symptoms could be allergy related
User :   do you have any suggestions?
Doctor :   do you get cough or throat irritation onlying down ?
User :   no cough, but i usually get a dry irritated when i am awake and when i lay down at night
Doctor :   ok, do feel the same while swallowing ?
Doctor :   do you *
User :   sometimes,
User :   mostly at night in my room
Doctor :   ok, it is probably epiglottitis
User :   what's that?
Doctor :   its inflammation of a lid like structure called glottis covering the larynx
User :   so what do you suggest to alleviate the symptoms?
Doctor :   * the opening of the larynx( the voice box)
Doctor :   here i wil suggest you to take a tab BENADRYL once in the night for three days after food
User :   oh ok awesome.
User :   any other suggestions?
Doctor :   and gargle with CHLORHEXIDINE antiseptic solution twice a day after food
User :   where can i find chlorhexidine?
Doctor :   and if the dryness persists even after the above measures then you need to take steam inhalations better with few drops of eucalyptus
Doctor :   Chlorhexidine will be available in all drug stores , with name HEXIDINE
User :   so what causes epiglottitis?
Doctor :   all the treatment i suggestd do not require prescription
Doctor :   allergy , viral infection and sometimes bacterial infection cause epiglottis
Doctor :   the spread will be through air and water
User :   oh ok
Doctor :   infected persons are the source
User :   is there anything you suggest to avoid getting this in the future?
Doctor :   yes, avoid dusty places , and wear a mask in early times of the day ( pollen allergy ) specially in winters
User :   oh ok, i was diagnosed with allergic rhinitis in the past as well
Doctor :   yes, it could be related now
User :   i will do what you suggested thank you. however is a doctor visit necessary for this?
Doctor :   try the treatment i suggested for three days if it do not come down then you may need to visit a E N T specialist
User :   oh ok thanks so much doctor
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
User :   ok great, you're welcome, i will.
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Take care
Doctor :   Wish you all health
User :   Thanks so much.
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor