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Having sore throat, conjunctivitis with phlegm in lungs. Tried Advil, sudafed. Is it lung infection?

hello - I m starting to get quite scared that my GP doesn t know what he s doing and I don t want to end up with permanent damage! I m worried because I have had a severe sore throat that hasn t gone away for a week, and now I have developed what looks like bad conjunctivitis in both eyes for the last 2 days. I am midway through a second 7-day course of amoxicillin , which doesn t seem to be having any effect on any of my symptoms. The first round was just earlier this month from feb 6-13 for a lung infection (high fever etc) I developed in Berlin after a very long night in the smokiest place on earth. The infection had just cleared up and I was feeling good when I had to fly to Alaska for my grandma s funeral. Kids in the house were sick and coughing like crazy. I guess my defenses were down and I picked up that bug and my last day in Alaska was once again in bed with high fever feeling like death. Then I had to do 24 hours of flying and by the time I landed here in London last wed morning I was in really bad shape and the nasty cough and congestion had returned. That was when I started the second round of antibiotics, which I did without seeing the doctor just by texting him. I have been pounding the Advil , sudafed , and taking the antibiotics. Tomorrow marks one week of this second bug. The discharge from my eyes is greenish, and the phlegm from my lungs and sinuses is dark yellowish/greenish. It s possible the conjunctivitis is separate from the flu and that I m just really unlucky this year to have gotten all the possible flu and cold bugs at once. I have been twice to the gym to sit in the steam room - this makes me feel better but it could be where I picked up the conjunctivitis. Plus now I am probably spreading germs, but I am desperate for relief. I m at the end of my tether, having been out for the entire month of February. Do you have any advice for what I should tell/ask my GP?
Asked On : Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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You are receiving this answer from India. This description points towards diagnosis of severe Upper respiratory tract infection probably to start with viral in nature now complicated with secondary bacterial infection. The medicine told by you may not work in this condition. Just go for some tests like throat swab culture for viruses, and identification of bacteria blood counts. The best medicine in your case may be azithromycin+ quinolone either alone or in combinations, add with good anti allergic which acts long term, avoid travel for at least three days, have good rest and better prefer some isolation. you may also need some cough syps. Kindly do not take all these medicine without consulting a chest physician.
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