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Severe cough, throat pain, drinking lots of water to soothe throat. Cure for sore throat?

I have a really bad cough , my throat hurts so much, so I ve been drinking lots of water to help soothe it, but I think I drank too much. My stomach is starting to hurt now, and my throat is not getting any better. What can I do to help my throat without drinking more water? It s 4am so I have no access to any pharmacies to even get medicine. I don t know what to do.
Asked On : Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello there,

Thanks for writing in.

Please take it easy. Just drinking a lot of water is not enough. Try to follow the below mentioned measures:

1. Drink warm water at regular intervals; say half or 1 glass of warm water every hour or so.
2. Warm Saline Gargles three times a day.
3. Steam inhalation 3 times a day.
4. Have Warm rice gruel (kanji).
5. Have a teaspoon of honey mixed with a pinch of pepper powder 3 times a day.
6. You could try some anti histaminics and paracetamol etc like Sinarest which might reduce the sore throat and cough . However, Sinarest causes slight sedation, so don't drive while on medication.

In spite of all these measures for 1-2 days, there is no symptom relief, please visit a physician as you might require antibiotics.

Hope this helps.

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Dr.Divya Kuttikrishnan
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ENT Specialist Dr. A.K. Srivastava's  Response

Thanks for writing to H.C.M. for your query.

I have gone through your query regarding sore throat and severe cough , you have tried to drink some water to soothen your throat to get some relief but unfortunately your cough is uncontrolled.

Considering your these symptoms I would like to suggest you to take cough sedative lozenges as an emergency relief than after make your self examined by your physician to rule out any abnormality in your throat and chest.

You are also advice for these investigations-
(a) Blood - CBC, ESR, blood sugar -F. & P.P.
(b) X-Ray chest P.A. view.
(c) culture and sensitivity of throat swab.

Thus on basis of examination findings and there co-relation with inferences of investigations real cause of your severe cough can be find out and that will be accordingly manage.

With regards.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Veera Raghava Rao Buddha.'s  Response
Hi welcome to Health care magic forum. Then it was 4 a.m so you had trouble in getting medicine, you must be having cough since 3 days or more, you missed the time of having medicine in time.
It is not a major problem, if at night you can gargle with salt water preferably luke warm water. next morning you consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
It is the pharyngitis, you may need to have culture and sensitivity of of the throat swab for confarmation of the type of bacteria and its sensitivity to type of antibiotic .
Wishing for a quick and complete recovery ,and thanks for calling.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Gustav Gous's  Response
Thank you for your query.
Home remedies that tend to work are honey stirred into hot water with added lemon juice , gargle with some salt water or gargle with a dissolved aspirin in some water. Rather suck an ice -cube if you have one as opposed to drinking a lot of water.
It sounds as though you are suffering from a respiratory tract infection, so seek medical treatment in the morning. I trust this is helpful.
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