Three weeks ago I had an upper respiratory infection, cough, sore throat,etc. I took antibiotics and felt better soon. The sore throat remained however, and is still sore only on the right side now. My neck hurts somewhat. I went to the Dr. and was given another round of antibiotics and allegra. The coughing is better. The throat continues to bother me. I'm not sure now if it is a sore throat or lymph node that is hurting or what. I don't smoke. But this is bothering me.
It is difficult to tell without examining you what is causing your symptoms. An upper respiratory infection can cause lymph node swelling. If the lymph nodes in your neck are swollen, this could cause your neck to hurt. Being examined by your doctor again may help to clarify what is causing your symptoms, but here are some possibilities.
An upper respiratory infection can cause inflammation of the airways of the lungs. Usually when this occurs, you may cough when you are active or laugh. After the infection is gone, it is possible for the inflammation to linger. This inflammation can last for several weeks. Sometimes this inflammation may linger for 3 to 6 months. Eventually the inflammation will go away, and then the coughing will stop. This is called reactive airways disease (RAD) and behaves a lot like asthma. This inflammation often clears more quickly when it is treated with an inhaled steroid medicine that is used to treat asthma. Your doctor is the best judge of this.
Postnasal drip is drainage from the nose and sinuses dripping down the back of the throat. There could be several reasons for this drainage. One reason is an allergy. A second reason is a non-allergic, non-infectious inflammation in the sinuses that can linger after an upper respiratory infection. A third reason is chronic sinusitis. Postnasal drip can cause a sore throat and coughing as a result of irritation of the throat and lungs. You may experience the postnasal drip as a constant feeling of mucus at the back of your throat. Typically this is worse at night when you lay down to sleep. Generally this irritation feels the worst when you wake up and gets better as the day goes on.
The fat content in dairy products can thicken mucus. Generally eating dairy products with less fat content is helpful. Drinking plenty of water will help to thin the mucus so that it moves more easily. As long as you are not on a fluid restriction you should be drinking 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of non-caffeine non-alcoholic fluid daily. Clearing your throat can irritate your throat and make it sore. When you feel the need to clear your throat sip some water to clear the mucus.
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