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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   For about a week now I have been experiencing sinus started as a sore throat with nasal congestion and post nasal drip, resulting in a cough. I purchased from Zyrtec D which helps tremendously, but as soon as those 12 hours are up...I'm blowing my nose and coughing up yellowish/brown mucus. When I say coughing up, I mean coughing and pulling the mucus from my naso-pharyngeal cavity. It is not in my chest. I don't feel sick or achy, the mucus is really my only symptom at this point. And it was much worse in the mornings after lying down all night. My concern is since the mucus is so thick and colored, should I continue treating it at home or is it something worse?
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
Doctor :   give me a min let me read your query
User :   ok
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender ?
User :   I'm a 28 y/o female. I do not smoke, I'm not overweight, I'm very healthy.
Doctor :   any blood you have noticed in the mucus ?
User :   No, none at all.
User :   It's mostly yellow.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   now to begin with what you have a throat infection from the history you have told me
Doctor :   and the only way that can be treated is via a course of antibiotics
Doctor :   but before that
Doctor :   let me tell you what you can do to ease the symptoms to get relief
Doctor :   1) Drinking plenty of water and other non-caffeinated beverages can loosen mucus
Doctor :   2) Using a prepackaged saline rinse along with a neti pot or squeeze bottle to shoot a stream of saline solution through the nose can loosen mucus that builds up in the sinuses.
Doctor :   3) and its true ... HOT CHICKEN SOUP does works wonders
Doctor :   reducing inflammation in the nose and loosening mucus so it can flow and be blown out of the nose.
User :   Thanks...any other types of soup? I'm a strict vegetarian.
Doctor :   4) Standing in a warm shower or above a hot bowl of water and breathing in the steam can loosen mucus and promote drainage of mucus from the nose.
Doctor :   sure SPINACH has the same properties
Doctor :   5) Sitting or sleeping with your head propped up with several pillows can use gravity to help mucus drain down the nasal passages
User :   Ok, thanks.
Doctor :   you will find relief
Doctor :   try for next 2 days
Doctor :   otherwise an antibiotics course is to be taken
User :   Ok, thank you very much.
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   wish you a happy new year
User :   You too.
Doctor :   good bye
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