Not sure if i have a cold or an infection?

Patient

Q: 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

A:   Hello,
Thank you for your query at AskTheDoctor.com
I understand your concern.
Sore throat, coughing and sneezing points 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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