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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How can sore throat along with headache and cough be treated?

I started getting a scratchy throat on Thursday, the 12th, I worked all day Friday 13th, sore throat getting worse into the evening and then eyes, headache, coughing and sneezing. Saturday I felt increased symptoms and the chills and fever (slight) came on making it hard to sleep Saturday night (my whole body ached).
I have been drinking plenty of plain water plus water with lemons (boiled slightly), honey and cinnamon to soothe my throat and cough, throughout the last few days. Last night I actually took some Nyquil just to get some sleep. I am eating ok, but today and feel the same, no change (eyes hurt, sinus headache, left ear aches a little, scratchy throat (but not as bad), coughing up phlegm, sneezing, fatigued and still running a slight fever. I work with patients tomorrow and I am really hesitant to go to work as I don't want to expose them to this cold/flu. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Lynn Peter-Contesse.
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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Ayurveda Specialist 's  Response
Thanks for contacting with your health concern

1. Thanks for contacting with your health concern

1. as I'm unable to examine you directly, thus mine symptomwise approach would have been:

i. An ordinary cough with throat pain is the commonest symptom seen in general practice, however, you should consult an ENT specialist who will inspect the throat with a good torch and tongue depressor to exclude any other pathology. [pharyngitis, laryngitis, and bronchitis]

ii. The choice of antibiotic will vary from doctor to doctor and from locality to locality and if the cough worsens or duration increases consult a chest specialist for an immediate chest x-ray and other blood investigations like:
- Hb%, WBC for eosinophilia
- X-ray chest for TB, Pneumonia
- If other investigations are normal, HIV test

iii. make sure to adopt certain guidelines till you get an appointment:

- Take mainly soft diet - rice, chapati, or phulka, with nonspicy vegetables.
. Avoid fried foods like wada, samosa, dosa, pakodas, papad,namkeen and potato chips, avoid hotel food
. Do not take any cold drinks, cold water, ice cream, chilled food from the refrigerator.
. Avoid sour fruits like citrus fruits, grapes, take sweet fruits- bananas, papaya
. Steam Inhalation and warm salt water gargles.
. Cover the mouth while coughing (using hand or handkerchief) to prevent the spread of infection to other family members.
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