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Saline Gargling

Saline gargling is the most used home remedy for sore throat, cold, cough, sinus infection, allergies, mononucleosis, and gingivitis. Salt is known to draw water from the cells and prevents microorganism from re-entering the cells, thus treating mild inflammation. To make saline water at home, mix 1/4th or 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water.

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What does gargling do?

Query: Hi doctor, Does air humidifier help with tonsillitis? How would salt water gargling cure tonsillitis?  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Air humidifiers are of various types and not all of them are useful for someone suffering from tonsillitis. And also, tonsillitis requires gargling of warm water mixed with salt. Salt water gargling helps reduce pain, inflammation and infection in the throat by the foll...  Read Full »

I have throat pain. What do I do?

Query: Hi, My age is 29 years. Yesterday I drank ice cold water in the afternoon. Since today morning I am feeling pain in the throat, body pain and laziness. Please suggest medicine for the same.  Read Full »


Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Start tablet Azithromycin 500mg once a day for three days after meals. Take tablet Paracetamol 500mg thrice daily for the pain relief. Drink plenty of water.Drink warm liquids. Gargle with warm salt water twice a day.Avoid cold, sour, junk, fried, oily, fatty foods a...  Read Full »

I am experiencing throat pain and headaches. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 21-year-old female experiencing throat pain, headaches, and overall sickness for the past two days. Please help.Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Sini. P

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern. You have a simple viral infection causing upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). Therefore, you need to take a tablet containing a combination of Chlorpheniramine maleate, Paracetamol, and Phenylephrine three times a day for three days. Use ...  Read Full »

I got fever after being in water wearing a tampon. Do I have TSS?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20 year old female, I am traveling, and a week back I went on a canyoning adventure while I was on my period. I wore a tampon for nearly eight hours while going in and out of the river water. The water was flowing so I hoped there would not be much dangerous bacteria, but I am w...  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me get few facts straight, toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a complication of using tampons, but it is not the commonest complication. So you have to rule out other common causes. You have a risk of TSS if you do not change tampons for days, or have unhygienic methods ...  Read Full »

Can throat infections spread? Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 15 years old and my friend has a throat infection. I was along with him while he had the infection and now the roof of my mouth and throat is kind of sore. It feels like there is mucus stuck there and I have a weird taste in my mouth. Could I have a throat infection? And if I do,...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. There are chances of spread of throat infection through: The air we breathe. Direct contact like kissing, etc. Sharing spoon or fork while taking food. Sharing the cigarette while smoking. Thus, there are fair chances that you mig...  Read Full »

I accidentally rinsed my mouth after tooth extraction. Is it fine?

Query: Hello doctor, After tooth extraction surgery, I accidentally rinsed with salt water after two hours of the surgery. Will it effect anything?  Read Full »


Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have been through your query and I can understand your concern. No, it will not affect the healing of the tissue unless you rinsed rigorously. You should avoid rigorous rinses or gargles because it will remove the clot of the wound leading to dry socket often time...  Read Full »

Why does my son have a continuous fever?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is suffering from a fever. He has constant 100 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit of fever with throat pain for the last 15 days. Blood tests indicate negative for malaria and typhoid. We consulted an ENT specialist and he indicated tonsillitis. No relief is foreseen anywhere shortly. Are ...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It would be helpful if you did a CBC (complete blood count) and CRP (C-reactive protein). From that, we can understand the level of infection. Also, tonsillitis can be so severe that it may last for up to 10 days. Betadine gargling three times a day with warm wat...  Read Full »

Can a thyroid issue be the reason for my throat pain?

Query: Hello doctor, My TSH level is 6.52. Can you suggest me a medicine to control it? I feel fatigue and cold intolerance. Also, I have throat pain and inability to shout. Are these because of the thyroid issues?  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and from what you have mentioned, it is not clear if you are already taking any medications for hypothyroidism or not. If you are, then there is no need to increase the dose as of now. You must take it early in the morning on waking up and then...  Read Full »

I have gum bleeding despite using mouthwash. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, From two to three weeks I have been experiencing buccal bleeding. I have inflamed gingiva behind one of the upper teeth. I can sense the lump with my tongue on the gum. I went to the dentist and he told me that it was gingivitis and he gave me a special mouthwash for gingivitis. But, I do...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The photos are not at all clear to give exact diagnosis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You should start taking antibiotics like Amoxicillin and Metronidazole for five days to reduce the gum swelling. If you can buy medicine over-the-counter then buy t...  Read Full »

I have something on the roof of my mouth. Is it a burn?

Query: Hi doctor, I have something on the roof of my mouth. I am wondering if it is a burn or something else.  Read Full »


Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have been through your query and I can understand your concern. From the picture, it seems that it is a burn (attachment removed to protect patient identity). But I want to know how long it has been there and if you had anything very hot liquid or food in the past ...  Read Full »

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