Not sure if i have a cold or an infection?

Patient : I have a bad cold for 4 days, my throat is sore and i'm sneezing and coughing
Symptoms:  Coughing, sneezing, head feels heavy, throat is sore
Doctor :   Hello, Thank you for your query at I understand your concern. Sore throat, coughing and sneezing poi nts towards an upper respiratory tract infection. Since you have it over 4 days, it is mostly due to a bacterial infection. Normally such throat infections start as a viral but eventually superadded bacterial infection develops. You can get your throat examined by your physician. A good antibiotic here will be Amoxicillin or combination of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid ( Augmentin ). For the sneezing and coughing, an anti-histaminic like Levocetirizine can be taken once at bed time. Hope this helps, Regards.

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