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Suggest Medication For Runny Nose And Sore Throat Apart From Claritin

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Posted on Mon, 16 Oct 2017
Question: Hi, I have a persistent runny nose and a sore throat. I took Claritan approx 7hours ago and did not see any improvement. So I took OTC cold medicine which has lessened the sore throat pain some. The nose drainage is currently clear and I do not have a fever. I am debating going into work in the am. Also, does gargling with salt water help decrease the chance a sore throat will worsen?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes, salt water gargles and steam inhalation are good

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Yes, you can go to work in the morning.
Continue cold medicines.
Drink plenty of fluids orally and keep yourself hydrated.
Avoid oily and spicy food. Avoid junk food. Avoid hard to chew food.
Do salt water (warm) gargles and steam inhalation 4-5 times a day.
These will improve sore throat and nasal symptoms.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (13 minutes later)

OK, Do you think it's just allergies? If I develop a cough in the next 8 hours does that change the answer?
Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (37 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Possibility of viral upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) is more likel

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Possibility of viral upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) is more likely.
Some degree of cough is commonly seen with URTI.
So no need to worry if you are develop dry, irritant cough in next 1-2 days.
Continue cough medication, drink plenty of water and do warm water gargles and steam inhalation.
Don't worry, you will be alright with all these in 2-3 days.
Hope I have solved your query. If you are not having further queries, then please close the conversation and rate my answer.
You can ask me directly on bit.ly/askdrkaushalbhavsar. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Suggest Medication For Runny Nose And Sore Throat Apart From Claritin

Brief Answer: Yes, salt water gargles and steam inhalation are good Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic. I can understand your concern. Yes, you can go to work in the morning. Continue cold medicines. Drink plenty of fluids orally and keep yourself hydrated. Avoid oily and spicy food. Avoid junk food. Avoid hard to chew food. Do salt water (warm) gargles and steam inhalation 4-5 times a day. These will improve sore throat and nasal symptoms. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.