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-Firefly-
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Hi,

I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips on getting rid of a sore throat, or at least helping it not hurt so much. It hurts when I swallow, hurts when I yawn...

My neck feels a little bit stiff, but that might just be from my martial art training.

Been drinking a lot of water, and had some orange juice, and now I'm about to have some soup.

Is there anything else I can do? I have an exam tomorrow and I really don't want to still be feeling like crap.

Thanks for any help! [Smile]

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I'd carry some cough drops or hard candy to help your throat. Drinking warm tea with honey may help, too. Also, you can get throat sprays to help from anyy pharmacy over-the-counter. Get well soon!

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How long have you had this for?

It may be more than just a sore throat, so keep an eye on it. If you notice any pus at the back of your throat, it's probably a throat infection and you need to see your doctor. If you have a fever, or any swelling in your glands (these can be found near the corner of your jaw and back just a bit towards your ears) i'd also see your doctor sooner rather than later.

Your sinuses, throat and ears are all connected ... An infection in one can quickly spread to the others, and that is NO FUN at all.

That all said, sometimes a sore throat is just a sore throat, and then i agree w/ charlottes suggestions [Smile]

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Well, I had the beginnings of a sore throat 4 or 5 days ago, and then it went away. This morning I woke up and it was back, but 10 times worse.

If there is pus will is be really noticeable?

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If there is pus, I think you would notice, but if you've got problems like that, I'd see a doctor for an antibiotic.

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It's hurting up into my right ear when I swallow now. It's really painful, and I dread swallowing.

Does this sound like something bad?

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Sounds like a bit more than a throat infection. It could, for example, be a pretty nasty sinus infection that's drained into your ear(s) and throat, infecting them both. Boy, have I been down that alley.

Get into the doctor as soon as you can for treatment; it's not likely to go away easily on its own. Until then, I've found that gargling with an antiseptic mouthwash or weak peroxide solution helps to soothe a sore throat.

It can also be helpful to pop your ears for temporary relief, by plugging your nose and close your mouth and VERY GENTLY exerting pressure as if breathing out.

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Ugh, I have an exam tomorrow at 2pm.

This started today. Should I give it a few more days to see if it'll go away on it's own, or go to a clinic if I still feel like this in the morning?

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It's not something that needs be taken care of immediately; you can wait a day or two if you like. It's just that if this does happen to be an infection of sorts, letting it go will likely just add to your misery, tax your immune system further, and lengthen your recovery time.

So, best to nip it in the bud ASAP. Stock up on cold remedies to get through your exam, and schedule a visit soon.

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I could probably go to a walk-in clinic on campus, and since I have an exam, I should have priority.

I guess I'll see how I feel in the morning.

Thanks for you help everyone! [Smile]

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Sooo...

My sore throat lasted 5 days, and then went away. During that time, I went to the doc and she took a swab, but thought that my throat was fine. Friday last week there was no pain, so I figured I was fine and I had managed to beat what I had.

Turns out the doc's been trying to contact me since Friday. I have strep throat... fun times. Guess that explains why the pain is back.

I've been sharing drinks and whatnot with friends. How likely is it that they'll get strep too?

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Strep can be pretty contagious, when I had it I was banned from being near my boyfriend's house because his little sister is allergic to most antibiotics, therefore things like strep are really dangerous for her to catch...

I think you should probably let the friends at risk know you have it, if you haven't already, so they can keep an eye out for symptoms too.

That said, when I had it my boyfriend didn't catch it (despite all the spit-swapping as I was just developing it!), but my sister and mom did even though we never shared drinks or anything.

Here are some tips:

"Keeping Strep to Yourself
To prevent spreading the bacteria and infecting people around you, keep your eating utensils, dishes, and drinking glasses separate. Wash them in hot, soapy water after use. Don't share food, drinks, napkins, handkerchiefs, or towels. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough to prevent passing fluid droplets to someone else. Wash your hands frequently, particularly after wiping or blowing your nose.

It's important to stay home for at least 24 hours until the antibiotics have had a chance to work. This helps prevent passing the strep infection to other people. Your doctor will tell you when it's OK to return to school and other activities."

-from KidsHealth

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Hi,

Thanks for your advice everyone. I got the antibiotic, and my mom said that after 2 or 3 doses I shouldn't be contagious anymore. She's a pharmacist, so I figure she'll know how that stuff works.

I'm already feeling better, so that's good news with Christmas family gatherings coming up.

[Smile]

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