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Having sore throat. Tried cough syrup. Recovered strep throat. Treatment?

Hi! Over the past 17 hours, my throat at the beginning (when I first started noticing symptoms) was like producing a lot of saliva . But that was last night, around eleven. Now my throat is feeling very scratchy. I was drinking juice around lunch time and it really hurt to drink it. I have had several cough drops throughout the day, but I don t feel better. My friend has just recently recovered from strep throat , and she told me that she was taking medicine, so it wasn t contagious. I have been hanging out with her a lot, and I am wondering if I have strep throat or just a common sore throat . I have searched several different things on the internet, but I have not been successful with what I have found. Please tell me what it wrong with my throat! Thanks! :)
Asked On : Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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Hello and welcome to health care magic. Thanks for your query
As per your description it seems like you are having upper respiratory tract infection. It could be streptococcal infection as you giving history of exposure to it.
It could be due to viral infection also, which will subside by just supportive measures like proper hydration, with plenty of oral fluids, bed rest and Paracetamol tablet for fever. You can try salt water gargling to reduces throat congestion. viral infection does not respond to antibiotics.
Sometimes secondary bacterial infection may worsen the symptoms even after above mentioned supportive measure in such cases its recommended to consult physician to start of With appropriate antibiotics.

Wish you all the best
( Emergency consultant)
Answered: Tue, 5 Mar 2013
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