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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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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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