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Suggest treatment for bad itchy sore throat

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Posted on Mon, 2 Mar 2015
Question: I started with a bad sore throat and very achy. The advil,tylenol, and honey with lemon helped the throat but now I have a cough and some phlegm Should I be concerned or is this just part of the virus? No fever at any point.
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Nanjasetty (49 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
This is a part of ongoing viral infection...

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thanks for posting the query

The cough with expectoration is because of the inflammation in the pharyngeal wall and the sinuses.

Do not worry! This is a part of viral infection. As the infection in the throat is almost subsiding, you can try taking symptomatic medicines such as bromhexine and ambroxol to relieve the secretions and the cough. These medicines are available under various brand names.

1. Drink plenty of warm water.
2. Avoid chilled food and beverages/coffee/smoking.
3. Watch for 3-4 days; if the symptoms do not subside then you will have to start broad spectrum antibiotics.

Hope I have answered the query; I will be available for the follow-up queries.

Regards
Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Ashwin Bhandari
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Follow up: Dr. Naveen Kumar Nanjasetty (41 minutes later)
Are you referring to something like Mucinex? If so, which kind? I am a teacher and need to be well asap.
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Nanjasetty (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Yes, something similar to mucinex, but better than that...

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thanks for writing back

Yes, a mucolytic is something similar to mucinex. Ambroxol or Bromhexine is available under various brand names. Theses are very effective in clearing the secretions. Also, do steam inhalation 2-3 times a day and drink plenty of war water, you will feel much better.

Hope this clarifies your doubts.

Regards
Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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Brief Answer: This is a part of ongoing viral infection... Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for posting the query The cough with expectoration is because of the inflammation in the pharyngeal wall and the sinuses. Do not worry! This is a part of viral infection. As the infection in the throat is almost subsiding, you can try taking symptomatic medicines such as bromhexine and ambroxol to relieve the secretions and the cough. These medicines are available under various brand names. 1. Drink plenty of warm water. 2. Avoid chilled food and beverages/coffee/smoking. 3. Watch for 3-4 days; if the symptoms do not subside then you will have to start broad spectrum antibiotics. Hope I have answered the query; I will be available for the follow-up queries. Regards Dr. Naveen Kumar N. ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon