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sore throat - doctor?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lookingfornemo, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Hello! I suffer a lot from sore throats and I've never had much luck with going to the doctor as they just tell you to rest. I've found that drinking camomile, honey and vanilla tea ( sounds horrible, but it isn't ) with extra honey really works to soothe the soreness. You can have it as often as you like unlike the aspirin type things that are regulated. If your glands are stiff etc, maybe you should go and have a check up, but in my experience, the walk in centres are very very busy at the weekend. I went once with my mum and we waited nearly 4 hours to see a doctor.
  2. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Of course you should go, that's the whole point of them. I'll bet If your car was half as ill you would have popped into a garage by now!
  3. Dequacaine (available from pharmacies). As recommended by my sixth former who works in one. Like Strepsils, but about 100x as good.
  4. I also suffer terribly from sore throats so I will tell you what I have been told over the years by various doctors. 1 - there are two types of sore throat: bacterial and viral. Bacterial infections can be cured with antibiotics, viral can't. So you may have a bacterial infection if it's not clearing. 2 - Soluble paracetemol is better than asprin. Try and gargle for as long as possible and then swallow it. It hits the infection head on and bring temperature down. 3 - I always use twinings (or any brand) lemon and ginger tea and add honey. IT's soothing for the throat and the ginger warms you up and makes you feel lifted a little. 4 - Finally, lots of early nights. But I bet you knew that already?!
  5. Thanks everyone. If it's not a little better by tomorrow I've decided that I'm going to see a doctor. I'm getting quite tearful this evening because of it (a combination of sleep deprivation because it's keeping me up and also the fact that swallowing is absolute agony!).
  6. chocolateworshipper

    chocolateworshipper Occasional commenter

    Don't forget that you can phone NHS Direct for some advice. May also be worth checking whether your local doctors surgery has an out-of-hours service. We have that where I live - it is based at the local hospital, but you do need to phone first before you can go in (you get the number from the surgery answering service). Hope you get well soon x
  7. Of course there's always a possibility that it's something like glandular fever - I would definitely see a doctor after days with no improvement.
  8. If you can't sleep, ask someone to go out and get you some night nurse. It has paracetemol in it and always knocks me out for the count everytime.
  9. Could be glandular fever??? Get to the docs!!
  10. There's a few nasty bugs going round:
    tonsilitis - viral+bacterial ouch nasty
    Fluey-colds - start with throat, middley bit is snotty and streaming, ends with prolonged cough and can be nasty URT irritation leading to infection
    Also worth noting is the rise in pleurisy/pneumonia type infections - dont want to alarm you but do get to Drs
    Sore throat should only last a few days getting a bit worse day 2-3 and better after that - if it doesnt - go to Drs
    Take lots of care and watch Homes Under the Hammer - once you realise how **** it is you know ypou're getting better!
  11. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    I agree about going to the doctor's regardless. Ordinary sore throat are not usually persistent enough to last for 5/6 days, especially if it's 'agony' as you described. Usually, they ease off fairly quickly with rest and soothing drinks etc.
    I hope you haven't been at work exacerbating it by teaching and over-using the voice?!
    Lots of rest and give NHS direct a ring over the weekend for advice. Really be sure to describe the symptoms accurately because 'sore throat' sounds very easy to dismiss; tell them that you haven't been able to sleep because of the pain, that pain relief isn't working and that you're in so much pain you're in tears.
    I hope you get well soon. Remember, the NHS is there for a reason, don't be afraid to use them!
  12. Thanks everyone. I didn't get much sleep again last night and it's still really painful to swallow. Am going to a walk in centre today, I don't even care if it's a long wait as it's just so sore! Not sure if I'll be at work on Monday, will see how I feel. Will keep you posted!
  13. Update - went to the walk in centre. The nurse was really dismissive at first but then she said she could see small blisters at the back of my throat. However, no pus (yuck) visible so she said it's viral and I just have to wait it out. Got some Night Nurse yesterday so feeling better after a better night's sleep, but throat still painful. Thanks for all your advice :)

  14. I would still go to see the doc. Sounds like tonsilitis which can respond to antibiotics.
    (Used to get it a lot, and it is so much more painful than a 'sore throat'.)
  15. Some eggs chopped up in a cup
  16. Eggs? Have never heard of that one! My throat still hurts :( Feeling quite rough after work today, don't think using my voice all day has helped. Keep waking up during the night in a sweat. Wondering when it's going to go away, have been poorly for about a week now. :(
  17. You shouldn't be back at work if you are still this ill. Glad you took my advice on the night nurse though!
  18. Hi, I second the previous suggestion of 'dequacaine' lozenges- they are over the counter & quite like strepsils but they totally numb it. The gargling with soluble aspirin helps too but always makes me gag! Also rest your voice as much as possible- no unnecessary talking, raised voice etc. When I have a sore throat I revert to a lot of nodding, sign language & getting the children to do my countdowns for getting ready in class! I do hop you feel better soon, sore throats & glands are horrible. I often get a doule whammy with mine in the form of sore throat & mouth ulcers- grim!
  19. Update - I'm off work today after spending most of the night having dreadful night sweats and, as per usual, an awful sore throat! I managed to get an emergency doctor's appointment and saw a wonderful doctor who happens to be an ENT specialist. Turns out I have an ear infection and a throat infection (she said she was almost 100% sure the ear infection was the primary source which, in turn, is causing the dreadful sore throat) so have been given Amoxicillin for those. She also ordered a blood test there and then for glandular fever to be "on the safe side" so fingers crossed that's negative. What a difference a good doctor makes, it was lovely just to be listened to and checked over thoroughly.

    ROSIEGIRL Senior commenter

    Well that's good - hope the antibiotics kick in soon and you start to feel better.

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