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Dr. Abby, Board Certified MD
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Have a sore thorat all the time

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Have a sore thorat all the time
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 4 years ago.

How long has the sore throat been going on?
Do you have any hoarseness to your voice?
Drainage down the back of your throat?
Heartburn symptoms?
Have you had any evaluation for the sore throat done? (swab, etc)
Do you take any daily medications?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Zifol durlo and iburtrol
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 4 years ago.
Without having an answer to the rest of my questions, I can tell you what the causes of a chronic sore throat are.

1. Postnasal drainage--this can occur due to allergies or chronic sinusitis. A nasal steroid spray may be helpful if this is the cause of your sore throat

2. Acid reflux/heartburn

3. Infection

4. Chronic irritation such as from tobacco smoking or due to inhaled medications such as albuterol

5. Tumors in the throat

If you have not seen an ENT (ears, nose, throat specialist) this should be your next step. An ENT will be able to look farther down into your throat to the vocal cords.

Until you are able to see your doctor, use warm salt water gargles, paracetamol, throat lozenges and make sure that you stay well hydrated as a dry mouth can exacerbate or worsen a sore throat.

Please feel free to ask any follow up questions,

Dr Abby

Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 4 years ago.
Paracetamol is another name for tylenol/acetaminophen in case you were unclear as to what that medication is.

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