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Persisting cold, losing voice during cold. Painful to swallow. Blood in phlegm. Smoking addiction

Hey, I m a 28 Female, smoker, no outstanding health issues. For app the past 10-12 years the majority of the time, I caught a cold, strep , any virus that affected my throat, I would lose my voice. In the past couple of years, I lose my voice every time I get sick. I lost my voice in December, 2012, and have lost my voice again in February 2013. My current symptoms are my voice being between a whisper, to hoarse, to no voice at all. I ve had a sore throat . Especially painful to swallow , after being in a dry room, after doing some physical activity, waking in the am, and being without fluids for more than 30 mins. I cough out phlegm throughout the day, although it is getting difficult to get it up and out. It is between a green and brown color, some is more mucus like and the others is very hard to the touch. I ve also notice small amounts of red in some pieces of phlegm. I ve been like this for 2.5 weeks, and have had a 10 day prescription of amoxicillin 500mg 3/day.
Asked On : Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Jun 2015
Hello dear...
All these symptoms suggest that your child might be suffering from upper respiratory tract infection.

The management consists of:
1. Drinking of warm fluids to reduce throat pain
2. Antihistamines to provide symptomatic relief from cold & cough.
3. Analgesics to take care of pain & fever(if any)
4. Antibiotics like amoxicillin to remove the causative organism.

If symptoms still will be better to consult an ENT specialist.
There is no need to will be perfectly fine.
Meanwhile...avoid smoking, avoid taking cold food & drinks, maintain adequate hydration & take soft, non-spicy foods.
Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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ENT Specialist Dr. A.K. Srivastava's  Response
Welcome in H.C.M. for consultation.
I have gone through your query regarding recurrent sore throat with phlegm yellow to greenish and some time brownish in color, at times you have noticed blood in phlegm.
Since you are smoker and have continuous cough and time to time loss of voice so I would like to suggest these investigations-
(1) C.T.scan paranasal sinuses.
(2) Culture and sensitivity of phlegm.
(3) sputum for Afb.
(4) X-Ray chest.- P.A.view.
(5) Direct Laryngoscopy.
Thorough examination of your throat and nose is necessary to get clinical finding and there co- relation with investigations will tell us about correct diagnosis which than be managed.
With Regards.
Answered: Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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