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I have had a cold starting 12 days ago. sore

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Posted on Thu, 7 Feb 2019
Question: I have had a cold starting 12 days ago. sore throat, cough and pink eye ear pressure. now i only have sore throat and ear pressure
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Answered by Dr. Arnab Banerjee (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
follow the advice, observe how you stay afterwards...

Detailed Answer:
Hello there,
Welcome to 'Ask A Doctor' service...
I've gone through your query in details...

Your symptoms are likely to be due to congestion and inflammation of the upper respiratory tract only...

If there is any fever, pain/aches, you should take Acetaminophen/Tylenol 650mg three times daily after some food for the next few days...

-Start doing Chlorhexidine gargle twice daily and lukewarm saline gargle twice daily in an alternate fashion...avoid going to any overcrowded places, for the time being, perhaps use a face mask while going out...

-Take some steam inhalation thrice daily, it'll help to ease the associated symptoms to some extent and clear the secretions/drainage...

-Avoid any form of cold-drinks, dairy products, and sour foods as they can further aggravate this situation...

-Please drink a lot of fluids. Have plenty of warm liquids (soups, broth, porridge etc.), they'll act as an immunity booster and fasten the recovery.

Since the sore throat is still persisting, it's recommended to get a throat swab analysis (Gram stain and culture sensitivity) done...based on the result, a further decision regarding initiation of antibiotics therapy would be decided (generally, in my patients, I'd advice antibiotic Co-Amoxiclav twice daily for 5-7days)...

Please discuss this with your doctor and proceed further...

Let me know if I can assist you further...

Wish you good health...

Take Care
Kind Regards


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I have had a cold starting 12 days ago. sore

Brief Answer: follow the advice, observe how you stay afterwards... Detailed Answer: Hello there, Welcome to 'Ask A Doctor' service... I've gone through your query in details... Your symptoms are likely to be due to congestion and inflammation of the upper respiratory tract only... If there is any fever, pain/aches, you should take Acetaminophen/Tylenol 650mg three times daily after some food for the next few days... -Start doing Chlorhexidine gargle twice daily and lukewarm saline gargle twice daily in an alternate fashion...avoid going to any overcrowded places, for the time being, perhaps use a face mask while going out... -Take some steam inhalation thrice daily, it'll help to ease the associated symptoms to some extent and clear the secretions/drainage... -Avoid any form of cold-drinks, dairy products, and sour foods as they can further aggravate this situation... -Please drink a lot of fluids. Have plenty of warm liquids (soups, broth, porridge etc.), they'll act as an immunity booster and fasten the recovery. Since the sore throat is still persisting, it's recommended to get a throat swab analysis (Gram stain and culture sensitivity) done...based on the result, a further decision regarding initiation of antibiotics therapy would be decided (generally, in my patients, I'd advice antibiotic Co-Amoxiclav twice daily for 5-7days)... Please discuss this with your doctor and proceed further... Let me know if I can assist you further... Wish you good health... Take Care Kind Regards