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Posted by: Lauls | 2011-02-14

Throat and Nose

HI Doc. I am a South African and am in New York for 4 months. I have been here for a month and a half. I got a cold at the beginning because of the cold which cleared up on it''s own. But I have been struggling with my nose and throat since. I cough up mucus every morning and my nose is either running or blocked. does it sound like I need to see a doctor or could it possibly be a side effect from the cold? I don''t feel sick but the lack of oxygen to my brain when I can barely breathe is not very pleasant.. I have bought some allergy medication to try and have been using it since yesterday. not sure if that''s going to help.

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Hallo Lauls
If you do not have fever, yellow or green phlegm, or tenderness over the sinus area, you probably do not need antibiotics. Try using a decongestant nose spray twice a day, and rinse your nose with saline (one can buy at a chemist, or make up yourself with 1 cup of luke warm water and 1/2 teaspoon salt - sniff up and blow out)Taking an antihistamine and an expectorant cough mixture may also help. If you are very congested even after using this, you may need to see a doctor for a prescription for some cortisone tablets for a few days.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: cYBERDOC | 2011-02-14

Hallo Lauls
If you do not have fever, yellow or green phlegm, or tenderness over the sinus area, you probably do not need antibiotics. Try using a decongestant nose spray twice a day, and rinse your nose with saline (one can buy at a chemist, or make up yourself with 1 cup of luke warm water and 1/2 teaspoon salt - sniff up and blow out)Taking an antihistamine and an expectorant cough mixture may also help. If you are very congested even after using this, you may need to see a doctor for a prescription for some cortisone tablets for a few days.
Dr Bets

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