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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes pain and burning sensation in the throat?

for several days my throat was burning--sore & got really rea, then felt tired, woke up with pain real hightnbetween my rib cage (like upper gas) and less severe down into my belly--no nausea. then throat got worse w/ white patches and I cold hardly talk...I been sleeping nonstop for 4 days and feltlike my throat was closing -- hard to swallow--tiny cough--kinda could hear a gurgling . Then yesterday woke up feeling little better (low temp 100.8) nose slightly running (foronce) and when I blew my nose about 1/3 c. odf clear mucuscame out my nose and again blew nose w/ alot of mucas ...patches gone tongue eally raw to back of throat...still a little hard to swallow and pain in rib cage when i take a deep breath and when push betewwteen rib cage still sore and lower belly sor when push on it??
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
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Pediatrician, Pulmonology 's  Response
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

By what you quote i feel that you might be having a viral sore throat or a streptococcal infection. I suggest you see your physician and get a rapid streptococcal antigen test done. If it is positive then you will require antibiotics. if it is negative then it might be viral illness and doesn't require antibiotics at all. Cough and cold are viral 95% of the times. For cold you can use anti-allergics like Cetirizine and for nose block, saline nasal decongestants will do. Paracetamol can be given in the dose of 15mg/kg/dose (max ceiling dose 500mg) every 4-6th hourly, that too only if fever is more than 100F. I suggest not using combination medicines for fever, especially with Paracetamol.

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