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

Answered by
Dr. Saumya Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 07, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jan 18, 2020

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 checkup for every six months. Currently, I am taking Triamterene and HCTZ and Simvastatin 20 mg. Recently, I had cold, some respiratory discomfort, chest congestion, sneezing, sore throat, little if any fever and lots of coughing. Congestion is gone as is sneezing. Sore throat lingers. There is an irritated spot on back of tongue. It could be from sucking on too many cough drops. Tonsils and entire throat area is red and swollen. Ibuprofen relieves pain temporarily. Please give some thoughts or any suggestion. Initial symptoms of chest congestion appeared seven days ago. Please guide.

Dr. Saumya Mittal

Diabetology General Medicine Internal Medicine


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  • 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 the following:

  1. Warm saline gargles four times a day. Steam inhalation four times a day.
  2. Multivitamin course once a day. Have plenty of fluids.
  3. Antibiotic course along with a short duration of steroidal course may be needed. Take Paracetamol SOS (as and when needed).

Revert back after the investigations to an internal medicine physician online -->

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