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Throat irritation, looks red - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   For the last 5 days I have throat irritation which occurs mostly at night. It feels like strep at times, and then it goes away, and it comes back. I have no white spots on the throat so far, but when I look at my throat it looks a little red. The only other symptoms that comes and goes is a sneeze here and there and itchy eyes. Could this be allergy related?
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :  
User :   how are you?
Doctor :   very fine , thank you
Doctor :   yes, the symptoms could be allergy related
User :   do you have any suggestions?
Doctor :   do you get cough or throat irritation onlying down ?
User :   no cough, but i usually get a dry irritated when i am awake and when i lay down at night
Doctor :   ok, do feel the same while swallowing ?
Doctor :   do you *
User :   sometimes,
User :   mostly at night in my room
Doctor :   ok, it is probably epiglottitis
User :   what's that?
Doctor :   its inflammation of a lid like structure called glottis covering the larynx
User :   so what do you suggest to alleviate the symptoms?
Doctor :   * the opening of the larynx( the voice box)
Doctor :   here i wil suggest you to take a tab BENADRYL once in the night for three days after food
User :   oh ok awesome.
User :   any other suggestions?
Doctor :   and gargle with CHLORHEXIDINE antiseptic solution twice a day after food
User :   where can i find chlorhexidine?
Doctor :   and if the dryness persists even after the above measures then you need to take steam inhalations better with few drops of eucalyptus
Doctor :   Chlorhexidine will be available in all drug stores , with name HEXIDINE
User :   so what causes epiglottitis?
Doctor :   all the treatment i suggestd do not require prescription
Doctor :   allergy , viral infection and sometimes bacterial infection cause epiglottis
Doctor :   the spread will be through air and water
User :   oh ok
Doctor :   infected persons are the source
User :   is there anything you suggest to avoid getting this in the future?
Doctor :   yes, avoid dusty places , and wear a mask in early times of the day ( pollen allergy ) specially in winters
User :   oh ok, i was diagnosed with allergic rhinitis in the past as well
Doctor :   yes, it could be related now
User :   i will do what you suggested thank you. however is a doctor visit necessary for this?
Doctor :   try the treatment i suggested for three days if it do not come down then you may need to visit a E N T specialist
User :   oh ok thanks so much doctor
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
User :   ok great, you're welcome, i will.
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Take care
Doctor :   Wish you all health
User :   Thanks so much.
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