Salt Water Gargling

Gargling with salt water is the most widely used home remedy for infections like sore throat, cold, cough, strep throat, mononucleosis, allergies, periodontitis, canker sores, and gingivitis. Salt is helpful to treat mild inflammations as it draws out water from the cells and prevents microorganisms from entering the cells.

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While coughing, I find it hard to breathe and gag. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been sick for about two weeks. Every time I cough it gets hard to breathe feel like something is stuck in my throat and makes me gag. Do you know what is wrong?  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. Your symptoms might be because of throat congestion and excessive mucus production. I suggest you do gargles with warm water and a little salt added in it three times daily. You can take some antihista...  Read Full »

Why do I have difficulty opening my mouth after wisdom tooth removal?

Query: Hi doctor, Eight days ago, my top right wisdom tooth was removed. Now, I am struggling to open my mouth or jaw. I can talk, but eating is difficult. When I went back to the dentist, he said there was a little hole in the extraction site and filled it with a paste. He also gave me antibiotics. The pa...  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There may be a problem with the socket itself, which has not healed properly. If you cannot eat, then it is not a good sign. You need to ask your doctor to take an x-ray of the socket once. Also, there may be chances that the anesthesia is still working in the mouth ...  Read Full »

Does salt water gargling help in treating traumatic lesions of the gingiva?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having intense pain in my gums behind the bottom left molar. The pain is there since yesterday morning. I think it may have been caused by a scratch-made by the jagged edge of a potato chip. Now the whole area is paining. I am doing salt water gargling. What do I do? Kindly give your ...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems to be gingival trauma due to food injury or infection. I suggest you get an OPG (orthopantomogram). Please share a picture for confirmation of the severity of the lesion so that I can suggest the best treatment.  Read Full »

Why do I feel there is a bone in the extracted site?

Query: Hi doctor, A week ago, I had all of my wisdom teeth removed. Three are healing fine, but my bottom left feels and looks like bone. I am not sure whether the bone is visible. It is smooth, but I am concerned about it. My dad, who is not a dentist, think that the gum is growing over it. It is not pain...  Read Full »


Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. The bone exposure is a common thing after extraction of teeth. But as far as there is no pain, you need not worry about it. May be the extraction was a bit difficult on the lower left wisdom tooth, and the gums...  Read Full »

What is your opinion regarding the lump present on my soft palate?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 52 year old male. I have a lump just on top of my soft palate next to uvula. The lump was pink or red, medium and painless without bleeding. Three weeks ago, I found it, and I did not notice anything before. There is no such history in my family. I visited my GP, and he referred me...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query and attached images (attachment removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows: If it is painful, I would have been a bit happy as inflammatory swellings are usually painful. As it is present since three weeks and there is no pain, I wo...  Read Full »

What is the treatment recommended for impacted 38?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed to have mesioangular impacted 38. He recommends removal of that hidden wisdom tooth. He did cleaning and after that my pain has increased.  Initially, I had gum swelling, and it subsided in a few days. Now, I am having shooting pain. I have attached the scan of my pres...  Read Full »


Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the x-ray and prescription (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have to get your 38 tooth extracted, and that is the only treatment. Do lukewarm saline mouth rinse for around three to four times a day. Consult a dental surgeon and get it remov...  Read Full »

Will a tooth abscess go away with antibiotics?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 36 years old. Four days back, I started to have pain in my left jaw (inside). I could not recognize the exact point as to where the actual pain is. Therefore I had a clove (for two days) between my left side tooth which reduced the pain thereafter. Yesterday evening I felt my lef...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is probably a gingival or periodontal abscess (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) due to infection. It needs to be drained. Right now, I am prescribing medications for immediate relief. Please update me if relief is there.  Read Full »

What causes globus pharyngis?

Query: Hello doctor, As I was trimming my beard, I accidentally swallowed a piece of hair. This incident happened two days ago, it is not painful, but I can feel it in my throat. Should I wait or try some sort of home treatment or ask a professional to examine my throat?  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is improbable that the strand of hair is still stuck in the throat. In most cases, it is psychological and gives a foreign body sensation what we call globus hystericus. I would advise you to have a few bananas, which will help push down any strand of hair stuck i...  Read Full »

How to treat pain and swelling due to a wisdom tooth cutting into the cheek?

Query: Hi doctor,I was planning to remove my upper left wisdom tooth last week. But the dentist was unavailable due to pandemic. I have taken an X-ray on my last visit and my dentist told me that it looks very awkward. I have a lot of pain at this moment as my wisdom tooth is halfway splitting into the sid...  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As your mouth opening is very low, do salt water gargling five to six times a day. It will help to relax your mouth opening. Continue taking antibiotics as prescribed. Have a gap of four to five days and then continue taking antibiotics for an...  Read Full »

Can a chronic sinus infection cause stuffy nose and headaches?

Query: Hi doctor, I think that I may have a chronic sinus infection. Before four months, I wake up and blew my nose. I had a yellow or greenish mucus with blood in the morning. I did not have any other symptoms except tiredness. I took Advil and seawater nasal spray. It lasted for a couple of weeks. Aft...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have a chronic allergic problem. Allergic rhinitis is an immune complex issue that is present innately and it starts to shows symptoms at a particular stage. It occurs when a foreign substance enters the nose. It causes a cascade of chemical events leading to na...  Read Full »

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