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Had cold and sore throat. Why red face. chills, stuffed nose? What can tone symptoms down?

Hi, I am young adolescent that just got back to school. My mother had a sore throat previously and said she might have a cold , but the only symptom she had was a consistent sore throat. Just yesterday at school I found a lot of people were also sick with various symptoms: slightly pink to reddish face, slight chills, no fever (I think), stuffed nose , but most of all the sore throat. Their voices aren t altered by this but they claim they have a scratchy throat that won t go away. Swallowing hasn t been an issue....yet. I have ALL of those symptoms, except the red face and I have dizziness and a headache . I feel like someone stuffed dry tissues into my head and left it there. Can you please help me? My mom said it might be another sinus infection (I usually get those) but I hate s finally the weekend and I wanted to spend my weekend having fun and finishing up all my homework early and I also have cross country practice everyday (except the weekends) starting this Monday.... It s already Saturday and I m feeling frustrated. Any way I can make this go away as soon as possible, or even just tone down the symptoms?? I can t even do my homework or study because I can t think straight.
Asked On : Tue, 28 Aug 2012
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Hi and thanks for teh query,
You have an upper respiratory tract infection,
You can take an over the counter pain killer for the headache after checking dosage which depends on your age and weight.
If your nose is blocked You can use otrivin P drops. Read the crimp for details on how to use. Do not use drops for more than 3 times a day and maximum for 5 days.
Follow some general measures like...
1)Drink lots of water.
2) Warm salt water gargling 4 times daily.
3) Steam inhalation 3 times daily to clear your nose.
4) Avoid cold foods and air conditioning.
5) Get plenty of rest.
If you do not feel better in the next 3 days then pay a visit to the doctor cause you may need antibiotics.
Regards, Dr Kishori.
Answered: Mon, 23 Dec 2013
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