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Treatment for high temperature, red swollen and sore throat.

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I just got over a cold, then I woke up on Monday morning with a sore throat, I then got a high temperature for 24hours. Since the temperature normalised on Tuesday evening, my throat has remained very sore and appears red and swollen (don't have any tonsils), my ears feel blocked, I have a nasty, chesty and sore cough and a headache; I generally feel bunged up. Want to know if I should see a doctor, or give it more time. Have been taking paracetamol to ease the pain and sudafed as advised by pharmacy.

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You appear to have a Upper respiratory tract infection (specifically tonsillopharyngitis ). There is a 50-50 chance that the infective agent in being a virus or bacteria. If it is viral upper respiratory tract infection no specific treatment is indicated and it should resolve naturally. However if the etiology is bacterial you will require a course of antibiotics. From your current symptoms it is difficult to reach a conclusion.

For now you can judiciously observe your symptoms for 24-48 hours. Meanwhile I recommend the following.

1. Continue Paracetamol and Sudafed.
2. Betadine gargle (OTC in some locations). Dilute it with water as per instructions . Gargle it twice a day in mild warm water. If Betadine is not available you can use warm saline water for gargling
3. Steam inhalation twice a day.

If the symptoms are resolving and if you feel better then you can skip the Doctors consultation. But if in 24-48 hours if the symptoms intensify or if there are new symptoms you will need medical help / consultation.

Hope this helps
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Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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