Shown below are some suggestions I found online for how to cure/soothe a sore throat, apart from visiting the urgent care, that is! Mostly old-wives' tales, but some of them are based in scientific fact as well as connected to modern genuine remedies. I just thought I'd write a different kind of blog article today and ask my readership what is their favorite way of treating a sore throat, chiefly because I got one today (after months of being perfectly fine and like a typical guy, I'm in denial that I'm even sick). I like to say macho things to my wife like "I don't get sick" and other comical statements, just so she can post what I say on Facebook!
Anyway, my personal favorite is ginger tea and sleeping with a handkerchief around my neck, much like the turtle neck suggestion. I find it really works. It might have something to do with raising the ambient temperature in my throat (much like a fever would) and making it easier for my immune system to be bacteriostatic or bacteriocidal, not sure which. I'm curious about just eating a lettuce leaf - that one just seems way too simple to work......
What do you do? If you have a scientific basis behind what you do, especially if it works, I'd love to hear it! Simply add your comments below or at facebook.com/Doctorisinstl
Coughing up yellow and green mucus, fatigue, soreness in the chest: these are the symptoms of bronchitis. The acute form of bronchitis is usually a chest cold gone bad. The bronchial tubes in the lungs become inflamed which produces mucus and creates a cough.
Other signs of bronchitis include a mild headache, body aches, a low-grade fever, watery eyes and a sore throat. Most of these symptoms will last up to two miserable weeks, but the cough might linger for up to 8 weeks. The same type of viruses that cause colds often causes acute bronchitis.
Antibiotics are rarely needed since a virus causes most cases of bronchitis and antibiotics do not kill infections caused by viruses. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can be harmful.
Bronchiolitis is a little different and is an inflammation of the small passages in the lungs (bronchioles). The disease usually affects children under the age of 2, with a peak age of 3 to 6 months. At first symptoms may resemble the symptoms of a common cold with a runny nose and slight fever for a few days. Children typically begin to cough and breathe fast and wheeze for another 2-3 days. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is the most common cause. This virus is transmitted by direct contact with nasal fluids, or airborne droplets. RSV generally causes only mild symptoms in an adult, but it can be very serious in an infant.
Again antibiotics are not recommended for this condition and the illness will run its course in about a week. How do you get symptom relief while you are waiting for these viral infections to pass? For upper respiratory infections such as colds, bronchitis, and bronchiolitis follow these home remedies:
Remember that over the counter medicines such as pain relievers, decongestants and saline nasal sprays only relieve your symptoms, but they do not shorten the course of the illness. Remember to always use over the counter products as directed.Chronic bronchitis is more common with cigarette smokers and lasts a long time. People with chronic bronchitis experience a productive cough with mucus for 3 months out of 12 for over 2 consecutive years. This condition may never resolve completely.
Another condition that has similar symptoms to bronchitis is pneumonia. Pneumonia can be very serious and appropriate medical management such as at St. Louis Urgent Cares, should be sought if pneumonia is suspected, as a chest x-ray is often needed. Pneumonia symptoms include a high fever (as opposed to no or a low fever in cases of bronchitis), chills, shaking and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. If you or your child suffers from a cold that moves into your chest and lingers, it might be bronchitis or bronchiolitis. If you start to experience a high fever, shortness of breath, and extreme discomfort you might have a more serious condition of pneumonia. Keep a close eye on any respiratory viral infections and follow the symptom relief protocols above for comfort.
Ear infections are the most common childhood ailment outside of the common cold. An ear infection occurs when the Eustachian tubes that drain fluid out of the middle ear and into the throat become blocked. As the fluid builds up, it provides an opportunity for bacterial and viral growth, leading to infection.
Most children experience their first ear infection by the age of three, leaving parents to deal with a sick baby who cannot communicate. Fortunately, there are several symptoms that parents can watch for to determine if they should bring their child to an urgent care center, such as one of the four St. Louis Urgent Cares locations, to receive treatment for an ear infection.
With all the swimming that our kids are doing these days in St. Louis, they have a risk for otitis externa (swimmer's ear) as well as for a regular ear infection (otitis media), if not both at the same time!
Here are five simple symptoms that might make you wonder if your child has an ear infection.
1. Tugging or pulling at the ear: Due to the ear pain and pressure that is caused by the ear infection and fluid buildup, babies will repeatedly rub or tug the afflicted ear in a futile attempt to relieve it.
2. Trouble hearing: The buildup of fluid caused by an ear infection diminishes the person’s ability to hear. Children may seem dreamy, far off, or cranky due to lack of hearing. They may not respond to audible stimulus. The fluid buildup may also cause balance issues.
3. Fever of 100º F or higher: A high fever signifies an active infection and should be addressed right away.
4. Drainage from the ear: Look for fluid draining from the ear. If there is bloody drainage, then the ear drum may have burst. Usually, it will heal by itself within a few weeks.
5. Vomiting and/or diarrhea: Babies with an ear infection may vomit or have diarrhea. Older children experience the gastrointestinal symptoms less than babies, but there may still be a loss of appetite.
If you think that your child may have an ear infection, don’t hesitate to visit St. Louis Urgent Cares. In addition to urgent care, we also offer sports physicals and immunizations, all on a walk-in basis. To learn more about our services, contact St. Louis Urgent Cares at 1-855-YOU-URGENT (1-855-968-8743)