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Are sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, minor headache and sensitivity to light serious concerns?

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Dr. Michelle Gibson James

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Posted on Wed, 22 Aug 2018 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: Hi, I have a sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, minor headache and sensitivity to light. I do not have a fever and I am not sick in the stomach. It feels like I have a viral infection or light mono? Sore throat isn't bad enough to be strep throat. I've been feeling ill 3 days now.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 31 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Likely viral illness as you stated.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Viral infection is likely, one of the cold viruses (there are different types of viruses that cause the common cold though one is most common).

Mono is a caused by a viral infection as well- a different type of virus.

Drinking water and tea and using the fruit is fine.

You can add sore throat treatments such as Covonia or Chloroseptic spray/gargle to help with the sore throat or use an oral anti inflammatory pain killer such as Ibuprofen or Voltaren. One of these would also help with the headache.

A decongestant would help with the runny nose. Advil cold and sinus contains ibuprofen and a decongestant.

It can take 7 to 10 days to improve.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Thank you for your answer. The sore throat isnt too bad right now and the runny nose has gone away but now instead I am definitely fatigued and sleeping a lot and sensitive to light.

Do you feel like there is any shot or prescription medicine I should get? Or do I just stay at home until it passes? Thanks again!
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 17 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Can consider home treatment.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

It is flu season so if you want, you can have to flu shot when you well to protect against the flu.

Cold/flu is more commonly treated with over the counter cough/cold meds with ingredients such as antihistamines, decongestants.
If a cough occurs that is wet, a mucolytic, e.g. Mucinex, can be used.

Take care.

Dr. Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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