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What causes sore throat which prohibits swallowing?

Apr 2014
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There is a sore throat which prohibits swallowing. Saliva is building up in his mouth and he is afraid of choking. He has not been able to eat for two days and has not been drinking either . Temperature is fine . His ear hurts on the same side as the throat is swollen.
Posted Wed, 5 Feb 2014 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar 1 hour later
Brief Answer: He need antibiotics and analgesics. Detailed Answer: Hello XXXX Thanks for writing to us He need proper clinical examination.He need examination of tonsils and swollen glands in neck. Mostly throat infections are due to virus whereas some are caused by bacteria.Without tests it is usually not possible to tell whether it is a viral or bacterial infection.Antibiotics kill bacteria but do not kill viruses. Antibiotics are needed in complicated cases. At present he can take combination of amoxycillin 500 mg with clavulanic acid 125 mg thrice daily for seven days as he is not bale to eat or drink. Analgesics such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and paracetamol help in pain relief. Steroids are also useful in some cases. He should also gargle with warm salt water and should rest his voice. Get well soon. Hope i have answered your query. Further queries are most welcome. Take Care Dr.Indu XXXXXXX
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