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Suffering from sore throat and cough, hurts when swallowing. Taking Advil and Tylenol. Is it laryngitis?

I have had a sore throat , and coughing for over a week and it is not getting any better at all! It hurts when I breathe in. It hurts when I swallow , and cough, mostly it is a dry cough, but there is also phlem, or mucus which is worse in the morning, it is thick and dark yellow. My head hurts from coughing. I am not sure if I have a fever or not, because I have been taking Advil , and or Tylenol non stop for thr past eight or nine days. I went to a walk in clinic 3 days ago......he said layrengytis, ( my voice is very hoarse) he did not look at my throat, he looked in my ears, and listened to my chest, I am worried because I have not had any improvement. It also gets worse when lying down, I have had to sleep sitting up for the last week.
Asked On : Tue, 5 Mar 2013
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Hello and welcome to HCM.

Thank you for your query.

From your description it does seem like you have a respiratory tract infection. The inflammation of the tonsils or larynx can cause pain during swallowing, speaking, irritation while breathing, etc. If not for the tylenol you would be experiencing a fever as well. Treatment involves antibiotic therapy specific for this condition (azithromycin is most commonly used).

The production of sputum could be of concern, and could lead to a misdiagnosis by an inexperienced physician. A sputum analysis would greatly help in finding the best antibiotic to treat you.

Please discuss the possibility with your doctor, and accordingly seek medical treatment with the most appropriate antibiotic. A bronchodilator or expectorant will also help in relieving you of your trouble in supine positions. Also drink sips of warm water which will help in expelling any sputum that is causing the difficulty while you lie down.

I hope I have succeeded in providing the information you were looking for. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications. I would gladly help you.

Best wishes.
Answered: Tue, 5 Mar 2013
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