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Cold,fever,sore throat,dry cough,blocked nose,hurtful throat

i have had cold for about 3 days now and i have a minor fever and sore throat , dry cough and nose is half/half blocked. ive been taking nyquil and ib profuen. but It helped only a bit. I tried sleeping but I can never sleep comfortably. I wake up middle of night coughing and it hurts my throat alot. even right now It hurts when I cough. I just want to get rid of this so I can go outside and get some fresh air without coughing and feeling cold. how do I get rid of it faster?
Asked On : Mon, 26 Mar 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi there,
Give it another 2-4 days and you will be fine. Continue with your medication. Meanwhile have plenty of warm fluids.Get some rest. Do steam inhalation 3 times a day. Warm saline gargles 3 times a day.Try having a teaspoon of honey mixed with a pinch of freshly ground pepper powder( good for the sore throat and cough).
The reason you could be waking up in the middle of the night could be due to post nasal drip. While sleeping on your back, the nasal secretions trickle down your throat and make you cough. To avoid this problem, try sleeping on your left or right side.
Get well soon :)
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General & Family Physician Dr. Aparna Kohli's  Response
You seem to be suffering from a mild upper respiratory tract infection. I would suggest the following:
a. Steam inhalation twice-thrice a day ( preferably with menthol drops) would help
b. Take tablet tylenol 1 tablet twice a day as long as you have the fever
c. Tablet benadryl 1 tablet taken at night, will help relieve the cough.
d. Warm saline gargles will also help

This should make you ok in about 2-3 days. If your symptoms still dont get better, see a physician for a course of antibiotics.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Mon, 26 Mar 2012
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