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Sneezing, coughing, sore throat, hard to breath with chest pains, low grade fever with chills. What could this be ?

hi i am a 30 yr old female and for the past week i have been sneezing and coughing..thinking it was just allergies i ignored it. then yesterday i woke up with no voice and a sore thoart. its really hard to breath and with every breath comes extreme pain from my chest . Now i am running a low grade fever with the chills. what could this be?
Asked On : Sun, 21 Oct 2012
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your query.
You are suffering from sore throat and as a consequence there is cough which may have some allergic component also.
In this regard i will advise you to take an antibiotic in the form of azithromycin 500 mg once daily for 6 days with vapour inhalation and gurgling with luke warm water. Give your voice rest for 2-3 days. Take a levocetrizine tablet 5 mg once daily at night for 7 days. Take plenty of water. Avoid cold. I think you will be quite ok in 4-5 days. If not then a throat swab culture sensitivity should be done inorder to choose proper antibiotics.
Thank you.
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Allergist and Immunologist Dr. Sujoy Khan's  Response
Low grade fever with chills and rhinosinusitis could be a viral infection making your allergies worse. So depending on which part of the world you live in, appropriate blood tests will be required.
If however, this is always the case skin prick or specific IgE blood tests is important to delineate your allergies.
Antihistamines, nasal sprays and inhalers for the lung is otimal medical control that must be part of the management plan.
Pulmonary function tests is required to ensure you do not have asthma if not already diagnosed.
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