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    What could prolonged sore throat with shortness of breath indicate?

I have had a sore throat with post nasal drip and shortness of breath for a month now. When it started I was short of breath and ended up the a hoarse voice for a few days and a sore/ swollen throat. I figured it went away when my voice came back and my throat only hurt a little. Well I have been using an inhaler everynight for my shortness of breath for a month now. My sore throat is now unbearable and the postnasal drip has continued. I hate going to the doctor but what could this be? Bronchitis?
Thu, 25 Sep 2014
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Hello
Thank You for contacting HCM.

This could be acute tonsillitis or pharyngitis. You did not mention your age. I would recommend you following things:

> Take amoxicilin/clavulanic acid 625mg thrice a day for 7 days
> Take albuterol once at night for 7 days (for shortness of breath). Keep inhaler for emergency
> Take hot water in a cup, add 1 table spoon salt in it. Perform gargles (mouth wash) with it three times a day for at least 3 days. It will give soothing effect.
> Take boiling water in a pot, put your head over the steam and cover whole with a sheet. Take deep breaths in it.(Avoid getting closer else it might cause burn). Do this twice a day.

AVOID:
> Chilled water
> Drinks
> Spicy food

Report to hospital if:
> Condition remain same after 2-3 days
> Any unusual symptom appears
> Condition deteriorates.
> There is difficulty in breathing.

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up questions then please do not hesitate in writing to us.
Wishing you good health.
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