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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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User :   I have been having bad throat pain in the left part of the throat for more than a week now. It started, then it went away and then it came back stronger, much stronger. I have been having runny nose, slight fever, very stuffed nose for more than a week. Lots of mucus has been coming out. I have been doing neti pot and some steam vapors etc that give me temporary relief, but the throat hurts a lot and have difficulty in swallowing and in speaking. Any ideas?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.XXX
User :   Hello Dr. XXX
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   Just wanted to add that the skin area around my nose and mouth became dry...I can send you a picture if needed
Doctor :   You have got a upper respiratory infection
Doctor :   You need a course of antibiotic immediately
Doctor :   You will be relieved in 48 hours
Doctor :   after the course of antibiotic
User :   Would azithromycin do?
Doctor :   Yes the macrolides like Azithro help
Doctor :   But I suggest you to see a Doctor and get a prescription
Doctor :   Actually it needs a local examination to see if the tonsil are enlarged and the neighbouring lymph nodes are swollen
Doctor :   If there is pus, it should be drained also
Doctor :   Vapors will contribute to the antibiotic action
User :   yep, that's what I XXX...not a general physician but an XXX..maybe he can write a prescription..when I see in the mirror, on the left side where it hurst the most, I see a little bump that is not on the right side
Doctor :   but not the complete treatment now
Doctor :   Yes, he can help you in the local examination and check for lymph node status
Doctor :   What is your age and location?
User :   now, if the infection is viral, but not bacterial, would it have a bad effect if I took the antibiotics?
User :   22 year old girl in XXX
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   Viral gets better as day pass off
User :   yep..this got worse
User :   and now it's even hard to speak...
User :   I can type you can see :)
Doctor :   Voice rest, gargling
Doctor :   help
Doctor :   An immediate antibiotic can shall relief you in a day or two
Doctor :   Do not delay
User :   My last question- is the dry area around my mouth and nose part of the symptom? or unrelated?
User :   You have been EXTREMELY helpful Doctor
Doctor :   Related
Doctor :   Thanks
Doctor :   I hope all my advices were followed
Doctor :   Pleasure speaking to you
User :   Yep, I am going to get some antibiotics tomorrow morning
User :   nice talking to you as well, bye!
Doctor :   Yes good
User :   So how do I complete the session?
Doctor :   I shall close it
User :   okay..thanks!
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