Relief for viral upper respiratory tract infection and sore throat
Patient : I recently visited an urgent care facility for a sore throat and ear pressure. The doctor diagnosed a Viral URI and suggested a nose spray to alleviate the congestion causing ear pressure as the virus is casing the throat to swell and sinuses not to drain properly. I was advised that the virus would take 3 to 5 weeks to run its course. I neglected to ask if there was anything to soothe or alleviate the sore and swollen throat. Can you advise something to help with the sore throat?
You do seem to be having a viral upper respiratory tract infection which will run its own course. For your sore throat i would advice some soothing lozenges, saline/salt water gargling, hot fluids like soups etc which will help soothing the inflammation. You could try some over the counter cough medication if there is a cough that is troubling you especially at night however this could make yoou drowsy. In case the symptoms dont subside or get better in a week then please see your physician for a follow up. All the bes.t
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