Hi, I have had a sore throat for a week

Patient : Hi, I have had a sore throat for a week now and the last 4 days a blocked now both blocked and runny nose and a cough which is chesty and hot flushes
Doctor :   Hello, Thank you for your query at AskTheDoctor.com I understand your concern. Normally all respiratory infections start as a viral infection, with the patients manifesting throat pain and nasal congestion. It can progress to superadded bacterial infection, needing antibiotic therapy. In this case with a sore throat persisting over a week, you need to confirm the diagnosis or URTI (Upper Respiratory Tract Infection) and start an appropriate antibiotic course. A good choice antibiotic would be Cap. Augmentin 625 mg (Amoxicillin + Clavulanic Acid), twice daily for 5-7 days. Additionally, you also need an antihistaminic like Tab. Levocetirizine 5 mg once daily for 3 days at bedtime. This will reduce your nasal congestion. Try steam inhalation, 2-3 times daily, as it helps in draining the trapped secretions and reducing the infection quickly. Hope this was helpful. Regards.

Related Q&A

Q: About a month ago I was given a clinical diagnosis of having the flu (the kid I nanny tested positive and a few days ...

Q: Cold with fever continously for 3 year old from past one month.if she is on antibiotics no fever she is good.once ant...

Q: Hi, My husband has been diagnosed with Q fever, Ross river fever and glandular fever. He has been prescribed doxycyc...

Q: I got a flu shot 2 days ago, woke up last night with legs uncontrollably shaking and severe ache in opposite arm of i...

Q: I'm 30 years old with fever and cough. Also a runny nose for the last few days. what should I take?


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon