I've got a cold ... It's been around 80 hours since it started.... Sore throat, next day sneezing, yesterday congested nose with mucus coming from the nose into my throat. I woke up with a very coarse voice because of all the mucus.
Im 50 years old and take Atenolol for high blood pressure and also suffer from a mild MVP. I'm always terrified about the kind of medicine I should take, right now, am using Coricidin. Im trying to avoid antibiotics. Help??? Thanks
The symptoms described could be due to an infection, most probably streptococcal or a viral infection. It has started as a cold and progressed to a throat infection.
Strep sore throat needs to be treated with an antibiotic as strep is a bacteria. Viral sore throat is best treated with rest, warm oral fluids and (OTC) tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for pain. If you develop a fever, or if there is enlargement of the tonsils with pain or if there is white coating on the tonsils, you will need to consult your primary care physician for a strep test, which if positive you will be given antibiotics.
In the meantime take OTC multivitamins. Take plenty of warm oral fluids and lots & lots of rest. For further relief from your symptoms you could do warm salt water gargles and stream inhalations. Please ensure to do this prior to your meals.
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