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    Suggest treatment for throat pain

Posted on Thu, 2 Jun 2016 in General Health
Question: I'm having throat pain unable to have food its painful
Answered by Dr. Sandip Kabra 18 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Upper respiratory infection

Detailed Answer:
Welcome to health care magic,

Throat pain,body pain with difficulty in swallowing could be because of upper respiratory infection (pharyngitis or tonsillitis if not removed or epiglotitis) but should be evaluated further by clinical examination of throat and some routine blood tests.

Majority of cases throat pain are due to viral infection, but in some cases it can also be related to bacterial infection (commonly streptococcal) which needs to be rule out first.

Let me know if you have fever or not.

So,if I would have your treating doctor,I would like to differentiate the cause through routine blood counts (CBC with differential counts,ESR) and throat examination to rule out infective (especially bacterial) causes.

Therefore it would be advisable to see the doctor (preferably an ENT specialist) who will take complete medical history including history of sensitivity to antibiotics with thoroughly clinical examination of your throat and may order some routine blood works as I mentioned.

Meanwhile,You can take ,

1) Pain killers (paracetamol) with anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen) combination (brand name:combiflam) two times daily which is available over the counter.

2) Antihistamines like cetrizine 10 mg twice daily if you have a dry cough.

3) Nebulization with steam inhalation 2 to 3 times a day.

4) Warm salt water gargles which will also helpful for symptomatic relief.

5) Avoid cold water or any other cold products like ice-cream or soft drink because doing so, may cause further inflammation in throat.

6) Antibiotics can also be given (levofloxacin 500 mg would be preferred) to prevent super infection if cause is viral but you will need a prescription from some local doctor or ENT specialist and rest of other medicines will be available over the counter.

With this medications,we may expect to see improvement within 2 to 3 days.

Hope this will help you,feel free to ask if you have more questions.

Thanks and Regards,

Dr.Sandip Kabra

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
Follow up: Dr. Sandip Kabra 38 minutes later
I had bit fever yesterday & body pain too.
Answered by Dr. Sandip Kabra 5 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Start OTC medications.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your quick follow-up.

I would suggest you to undergo routine blood works as I mentioned since throat pain associated with fever.

Till the time,you can start over the counter symptomatic treatment and see ENT doctor or some local doctor for examination of throat.

Let me know if you need more help.


Dr.Sandip Kabra
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