Q. I have sore throat and lost my voice for about a month. How to get that treated?

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Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N
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This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 28, 2017 and last reviewed on: May 14, 2021

Hi doctor,

I am 19 years old. Over four weeks ago, I started getting a sore throat and lost my voice for about a month now. I have a sore neck like something is grabbing it. My voice has been sore if I try and talk. I have mucus coming up, which is white colored with some blood. I am on Penicillin V for about one week. It just seems that the pain is getting worse and voice is still lost. Two weeks ago, the doctor said it was a virus and just keeps saying that it should get better soon. But, nothing is helping. Should I go back to the doctors or is there anything else I can try? I have been taking Paracetamol, a throat spray and an antibiotic. All the doctor seems to say that it is a viral infection. I am worried as it has been a month and there has been no change.



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  • I would suggest you take a swab of the throat mucus and ascertain the organism that is growing and producing the symptoms.
  • The sensitivity pattern will reveal whether the organism is responding to the antibiotic being taken.
  • To help lighten the mucus and remove it, I suggest Ambroxol hydrochloride or N-acetylcysteine two tablets a day in the empty stomach. Drink plenty of warm fluids.
  • I would also suggest taking an anti-inflammatory drug like trypsin-chymotrypsin-rutoside which will reduce edema and swelling. A decongestant added to the above regimen will provide additional relief.
  • I would like you to get a laryngoscopy procedure, which will provide a direct view of lower throat and help rule out any inflammation or growth or reflux signs. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take treatment with consent.

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