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This is Dr. David
I am sorry you are having such bad sore throat.
you could be having very bad acid reflux up at night time.
and the acid is irritating your throat.
or you could have a throat infection.
you need to see your doctor to have your throat assessed.
an ENT doctor can look down your throat to check for infection or acid damage.
do you have a history of acid reflux?
unbearable pain is no good.
do you have a GP you can see who can look in your throat?
you could have a lung infection causing the cough and the sore throat pain.
you could have a fungal infection in the back of your throat where you can't see.
i went to the gp today he seemed a bit clueless gave erythromycin 250mg with out checking my throat and had a listen to my chest
did the erythromycin help?
didn't sound like he did a throat culture
just started them today
hopefully it will help
when i swallow it hurts bad
you can also gargle with salt water to kill bacteria
the salt water can hurt too.
try sucking on ice or eating ice cream
that can help numb your throat.
so what does it seem like to you with the symtoms
it could be a throat bacterial infection
or possibly silent acid reflux up your esophagus at night time.
when you lie down, it is easier for stomach acid to come up the throat
and can even trickle into your lungs and cause cough.
over time your throat can be very red from acid reflux at night.
what about aspirin gargles?
this takes medications to stop acid in your stomach
changing your diet
avoiding spicy foods, alcohol, sodas, fried foods, tomato sauces, black pepper
aspirin doesn't work on contact.
you can take it to help pain
but aspirin can also upset your stomach and cause more stomach acid.
bacterial infection from where and how?
sleeping sitting up or inclined can use gravity to keep stomach acid in your stomach
there is bacterial all around us.
we can get strep throat or viral throat infections easily
if we don't wash our hands enough
or if our immune systems are runned down
if you are not getting enough sleep
or are not eating properly.
does this make sense?
the erythromycin can help with a bacterial throat infection.
but a viral throat infection will have to take time to get better.
make sure you wash your hands frequently.
avoid spicy foods and alcohol and beer and tomato sauces.
so what did this gp suspect to give me erythromycin?
I am not sure why.
you said he was clueless.
some GP don't want to think.
my phlegm goes from yellow to white when i cough?
white is good.
usually means not infected.
are you getting enough sleep?
are you drinking enough water?
make sure you drink enough water.
yes but yellow comes in mornings
even if you have a sore throat.
that can be normal.
do you smoke?
smoking is no good for your lungs or throat either.
so what do u suggest?
take the erythromycin since you have started.
try salt water gargles if you can
suck on ice and eat ice cream to sooth the throat.
drink plenty of water
try some aspirin with food in your stomach if the pain is bad.
avoid alcohol and spicy foods.
try to use maalox or mylanta before bed and see if this helps block stomach acid.
yes but takin antibiotics is not good too is it
avoid large meals before bed.
it could help if you have a bacterial infection in your throat.
you have started it, so you should finish taking it.
taking a partial course can lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria
you don't want that.
good luck to you
I hope you feel better
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do you have other questions?
whats antibiotic resistant bacteria
bacteria which grows despite antibiotics.
that can happen when you take a partial course of antibiotics.
in ur opinion what tests should have the doctor done?
a throat culture
hows that performed
a direct nasolarynoscopy scope procedure to look down your nose to your back of your throat. but most doctors don't know how to do this. ENT doctors do this.
a long Q tip is swirred around the back of your throat
and sent off to the lab for evaluation and culture to see if there is an infection there.
ENT is ear nose throat specialist doctors.
you are welcome
I hope you feel better.