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For some time now I have cold or flu symptoms, like runny nose and mucus gathering in my throat from which from time to time sore throat apperas and frequent coughs. I have this condition for several months now. I ve visited 2 different doctors, was given antibiotics twice and seems that those will help only while I take them. As soon as I stop the symptoms come back. I returned back to my gp and he assured me that I have no cold or an infection and that these symptoms may be an alregy, and gave me nasal spray to ease runny nose. I dont believe that this is an alregy, because I was fine few months ago and not much changed in my life, no new enviromet, no new foods or different clothes and I didnt have these symptoms year before around this time. Dont know what else to try to fight this. Ive tried home remedies, simple paracetamol pills. Nothing seems to help.
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replied January 31st, 2011
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A19157
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum. I am glad that I can help you.

From the history provided, it seems that you have recovered from a severe bout of pharyngitis and could be having persisting issues due to post infectious bronchitis.

Usually once a infection subsides the residual inflammation of the airway causes persistent cough, this is called post infectious bronchitis.

The main symptoms here are dry, cough in paroxysms which persist for a long variable time frame.

Up to 25% of people suffer from a post-infectious cough – that continues for 3-8 weeks after one recovers from a cold or chest infection. It is important to know that Antibiotics do not work for this condition.

Some measures that can help you include :

1. Postnasal drip, if present can be managed with a nasal spray and decongestants.
OTC antihistamines will also help here

2. Cough can be controlled with Cough suppressants, lozenges, etc.

3. In case the symptoms are very severe, your doctor can prescribe you inhaled or oral steroid drugs.

Some important tips to Sooth a Sore Throat and prevent worsening include :-
1. Drink enough fluids,
2. Avoid alcohol and smoking.
3. Rest your voice.
4. Gargle with warm salt water several times a day.
5. Suck on throat lozenges or hard candies.
6. Take a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
7. Use medicated throat sprays.

Conditions such as deviated nasal septum, tonsillitis, ear infections, chronic sinusitis have to be screened for and treated. If not the chances of recurrent infections and severe illnesses increase.

You may consider to consult your doctor for an examination, which can rule out the above predisposing conditions.

I hope you find the information here helpful.

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replied January 31st, 2011
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