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Having cold, sore throat and runny nose. Not feeling fatigued. Any suggestion?

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Dr. Hema Yadav

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Posted on Mon, 24 Dec 2012 in Asthma and Allergy
Question: I have had a cold for 9 days now. Started with a sore throat that lasted 4 days, then a bit of a runny/congested nose and now a tickle in my throat with a cough and I'm hoarse! Someines i will cough a tiny anount Of phlem but not often. cough is worse at night when im trying to fall asleep. How long can this go on!!! Never a fever and not really a yucky all over feeling and not feeling fatigued. Just very annoyed with the symptoms. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Answered by Dr. Hema Yadav 29 minutes later
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query .
According to your description your symptoms do resemble to most probably a viral / upper pharyngitis .
Most viral infections usually resolve on their own in a couple of weeks , though the cough may persist for about 15 days from onset.
Since you have no fever or malaise it doesn't seem to be worsening and should resolve within a week from now.
For symptomatic relief you can try the following,
1. Warm salt water or betadene gargles thrice daily.
2. Steam inhalations thrice daily or using a humidifier in your room.
3. Over the counter decongestant and antihistamine cough suppressants containing , cetrizine etc may help with night time irritating cough.
4.Drinking plenty of fluids , Multivitamin and zinc( 20 milligram ) supplements daily help in a faster recovery.
5. If still the symptoms persist or worsen you need to consult your doctor for confirming the cause and prescribing a course of Antibiotics .

Hope I have answered your query.
I'll be available for any follow up queries.
Wishing you a speedy recovery .
Regards

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