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    Suggest remedy for itchy and irritating throat

Posted on Tue, 31 May 2016 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: My throat is think with a white coating. It has been iritating me foe a while since I had a cold a couple of months ago. We keep padding something around the office. My throat is iritated and itchy as it is also allergy season, Have taken musinex but it gives me insomniaso have not taken it regularly.
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Please do take some time out to answer my questions, thank you

Detailed Answer:
Hello ma'am and welcome.

Thank you for writing to us.

I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. I have a few questions for you before I can provide you with a diagnosis ma'am, I would really appreciate your co-operation and kind response in helping me help you:

1. Do you have red tonsils?
2. Do you have a white coating or white spots?
3. Did you feel better after taking mucinex?
4. Do you feel majority of your symptoms while you are inside your office, and either lesser or no symptoms at all when you are outside?
5. Do you have difficulty in swallowing?
6. Sensation of something swollen in your throat?
7. Have you had a fever anytime during this period?
8. This white coat and throat irritation, how long has it been present (in days)?

I look forward to hearing from you in order to help you better ma'am.

Best wishes.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Shoaib Khan 5 hours later
White coating in back of throat, but I don't know how long it's been there. But just started yesterday to feel not really hard to swallow but thick in my throat. Was irritated like a usual soar throat yesterday but has been feeling itchy as well. I have spring allergies and it always feels itchy then. Been very itchy for weeks, I have no fever and sometimes the mucinex helps but it gives me insomnia and I need to sleep so I can go to work. Have coughed up some nasty mucus for weeks, may 6 weeks or so.
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Here is a list of suggestions ma'am

Detailed Answer:
Hello once again ma'am.

Thank you for that information.

Based on the information I have at hand, this is what I would recommend for treating your symptoms:

+Tablet containing Montelukast and levocetrizine (e.g. MONTEK-LC), both ingredients below to the new generation of anti-histamines that do not have the side effect of drowsiness which is present with earlier medications. 1 tablet to be taken every morning, 2 tablets can be taken (1-0-1) if required

+Small sips of warm water throughout the day

+Drink plenty of water

+Antibiotic coverage: I understand that in your country you cannot get your hands on antibiotics without a prescription, but I think this would be ideal and may even solve the problem entirely. So if at all you have access to antibiotics let me know, or if you have any antibiotics at home, let me know their names and how many tablets you have of each of them (in order to complete a course)

+Gargling with a mouthwash such as BETADINE mouthwash (available in most medical or grocery stores)

+Flonase nasal spray (2 puffs to be taken twice daily)

+Wear a mask at work if you feel the padding might be causing this, I am sure your seniors won't mind

I hope and pray you find relief from my suggestions, and look forward to your response on antibiotics. Please do not hesitate to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help.

Best wishes.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Shoaib Khan 53 minutes later
Thank you. Cannot get an antihistamine without a prescription here.
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Really unfortunate circumstances in a developed country

Detailed Answer:

Thats unfortunate, but surprising at the same time, because anti-histamines are one of the safest category of medications available. And in most countries where I work, they have been made easily available to the public mainly because one cannot always run to the ER during an allergic reaction (as some can be serious), because some serious attacks can even result in fatalities, but not if an anti-histamine were at home.

I am sorry to say the, but when the medical system of a developed country which claims to recognise every threat and neutralise it before it blows up into something more serious, cannot provide such basic necessities to their citizens, it is truly disheartening to medical personnel like me who take time out to help every human being they can for no personal benefit.

I have encountered numerous such examples proving that the health system in the USA, is one of the worst I have ever come across. But please do try and get your hands on some anti-histamines as they will surely help you.

Best wishes.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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