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Suffering from cold, chest congestion and sore throat. What is it?


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Published At April 8, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 60-year-old male who is overweight. Other than being overweight, I am in relatively good health. I am getting regular health checkups every six months. Currently, I am taking Triamterene and Simvastatin 20 mg. I recently had a cold, respiratory discomfort, chest congestion, sneezing, sore throat, mild fever, and coughing. Congestion is gone, as is sneezing. Sore throat lingers. There is an irritated spot on the back of the tongue. It could be from sucking on too many cough drops. Tonsils and the entire throat area are red and swollen. Ibuprofen relieves pain temporarily. Please give some thoughts or any suggestions. Initial symptoms of chest congestion appeared seven days ago. Please guide.


Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

The symptoms of the query are quite suggestive of a possible upper respiratory tract infection. I would suggest you to get an x-ray paranasal (PNS) waters' view and x-ray chest PA (posteroanterior) view. Also, get a complete blood count (CBC). Meanwhile, start with warm saline gargles four times a day. Steam inhalation four times a day. Multivitamin course once a day. Have plenty of fluids. Antibiotic course along with a short duration of steroidal course may be needed. Take Paracetamol SOS (as and when needed).

I hope this information will help you.


Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Saumya Mittal
Dr. Saumya Mittal

Internal Medicine

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