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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How is wisdom tooth pain treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am in major pain now. I noticed that my wisdom tooth is coming in about a week and a half ago. Since then I have been having this pain in the lower corner of my left mouth. It is located right where the gums and my mouth meet and resembles a cut. It is a slit with yellow and white ou...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your pain occurs due to the infected gingiva surrounding the wisdom tooth. It is called pericoronitis. You need to start on antibiotics immediately along with painkillers. Go show it to a dentist soon who will either recommend you to extract the tooth or ...  Read Full »

I have a slight bulge on one side of tonsillar wall. Should I be worried?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a slight bulge on my tonsillar wall which is different compared to the other side. Should I be worried? It is not a different color.  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

ENT Otolaryngologist, Audiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are having chronic tonsillitis. There is an enlargement of tonsils. No other abnormality is there. So you can relax. Please tell me what symptoms are you having and what medicines have you ...  Read Full »

What causes frequent sore throat and earache?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old. I am suffering from sore throat and earache. I have white spots on the inner right side of my throat. When I eat anything chill, throat will be more painful. From childhood, I am getting the problem for at least once a year. Now, this is the second time in six weeks. Co...  Read Full »


Dr. Alok Rathi

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have acute follicular tonsillitis at present and treatment right now is medicines. Best treatment available for your condition would be admission and intravenous antibiotics followed by surgery tonsillectomy once infection subsides. Next equal option would be oral ant...  Read Full »

Why does running nose, sneezing and blocked nose happen?

Query: Hi doctor, I have bad running nose, sneezing and blocked nose in the morning for the last ten days. I have taken Augmentin 375 for five days. It improved a bit but again relapsed today. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. Running nose can be due to upper respiratory tract infection. You can take tablet Allegra M (combination of Montelukast and Fexofenadine) twice daily for about three days. Warm water gargles ...  Read Full »

Please suggest a remedy for teeth sensitivity.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has pain in the upper teeth, and sensitive feel in all teeth. What should she do?  Read Full »


Dr. Mumtaz

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Does she have sensitivity in all teeth?  Read Full »

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

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

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 »

Does sinusitis usually cause loss of taste?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40 year old female, non smoker. I had a sinus infection as a result of cold nearly two months ago. I was put on Doxycycline for two weeks and then a steroid nasal spray when the inflammation in my nose had not resided. I can smell things quite clearly up close to my nose but canno...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We will help you alleviate the problem. I understand that you are a 40 year old otherwise healthy lady suffering from sinus infection. You perceive smells close up your nose but have decreased taste sensation. You are worried about when the taste sensation will return a...  Read Full »

Why is my retromolar trigone swollen?

Query: Hi doctor, I have two pea-sized bumps on my retromolar pad, and it is bothersome when I swallow. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Considering your age, I find this is mostly due to the wisdom tooth eruption. The swelling on the retromolar pad should be the reflection of the underlying unerupted wisdom tooth (third molar ) on that side. The gum layer should be thick enough to restrict the wisdom toot...  Read Full »

Can I take Combiflam for fever?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a fever and cold for the past three days. I am taking Calpol and Combiflam. How can I get cured?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have a viral or allergic upper respiratory tract infection. Calpol and Combiflam (Ibuprofen with Paracetamol) both should not be used at a time. Use only one drug among these two as they are anti-inflammatory and analgesic. You can also take Vitamin C 500 mg twice a...  Read Full »

How to treat swollen gum near the molar?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. I have got a swelling in gums near the area of wisdom tooth for the past three days. Now, it is paining a lot. Please prescribe any medicine.  Read Full »


Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read through your complaint and the relevant details. The swelling of the gums is because of the infection around the erupting wisdom tooth. Also, there will be clogged food particles within the gums in that region. To get rid of the pain, I suggest tablet Ketorol DT (K...  Read Full »

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