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Ongoing cold, green mucus, nasal congestion, difficult to swallow. Any serious disease?

I have had an ongoing cold for 4 days. Up until recently has my mucus turned green. Every time I swallow my ears crackle. I also have nasal congestion . No fevers. My tonsil does make it hard for me to swallow at times. The lymph nodes at my jaw line are a little swollen as well but they aren t uncomfortable. What could this be?
Asked On : Thu, 10 Jan 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
hello and welcome to HCM,

You are most likely to be suffering from an acute episode of tonsillitis along with pharyngitis.
You need to do the following as soon as possible:
1. Get an ENT consult and re-evaluate the effectiveness of the medication given by you doctor as your symptoms have actually worsened while they should have improved by now. If you have not started any antibiotics or pain killer medication then it is imperative that you do so immediately in consultation with your doctor.
2. Request your doctor for a throat swab and send it for culture and sensitivity
3. Start anti reflux treatment also in consultation with your doctor
4. Take only warm fluids and do salt water gargle
5. Do not speak loudly or strain when you speak
5. Assess whether you need injections for faster and better symptom control
6. If the problem occurs frequently then may be you can consider removal of the tonsils at a later date.

take care and get well soon

Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Thu, 29 Aug 2013
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