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I've been fighting a sore throat and cough and congrestion

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hi...I've been fighting a sore...
hi...I've been fighting a sore throat and cough and congrestion since monday
JA: How long have you had the symptoms? Do you have a fever?
Customer: no fever this is the fourth day
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I can barely speak, i'm losing my voice
Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 6 months ago
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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
hi--i'd like advice on what to do next.
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
can you do an "exam" like I have done in the past with Doctor on Demand?
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
hello?
Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 6 months ago

This isn't a telemedicine site

I can get information and give you a probable diagnosis and what to do about it but if you were thinking about a prescription we don't do that here

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
what happened to doctor on demand...? that's the website I started with and have used that in the past
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
okay so let's at least get me a probable diagnosis
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
then I can decide if it's worth going to a walk-in clinic
Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 6 months ago

OK

If your cough is productive what color is the sputum?

And what does the back of your throat look like?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
my symptoms are sore throat, coughing, congestion, for four days now. No stuffy nose, no fever. It's been getting worse every day. Bronchitis? Pneumonia?
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
it's is brown....but i'm drinking coffee. :( it hurts so badly to cough that I don't want to try that experiment again to see what color it is.
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
the back of my throat is red
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
vertical red welts to be more precise
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
when I called the nurse helpline she said to get MUcinex and take ibuprofen and gargle with salt water
Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 6 months ago

Most likely then it's a viral bronchitis and the coughing has given you laryngitis

Usually that runs its course in about seven days

Unless there are white spots on the back of your throat it isn't likely strep

For now I'd suggest oral probiotics, vitamin C and plenty of liquids along with the nurse's suggestions

But if it goes on beyond seven days then you'd need the walk in clinic to get some antibiotics

Please let me know if you need any more information

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
thank you
Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 6 months ago

My pleasure

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