Sore Throat and Cough
Learn more about Sore Throat and Cough.
A dry cough and a sore throat oftentimes occur together.
Viruses are the cause of “common cold” (caused mainly by cold virus). Also, most sore throats are viral in origin (often caused by cold virus), So viral sore throats are commonly accompanied by other cold symptoms such as:
- runny nose
- dry cough
- high temperature (fever)
Most conditions of Sore Throat and Dry Cough are self limited, may last from 2 days to 2 weeks, but most last about 1 week and will resolve on their own without need to any treatment.
Luckily, Most cases respond to a set of home remedies and over-the-counter medications.
How to relieve Symptoms of a Sore Throat With a Cold ?
Antibiotics have no role in treatment of viral infections, so there is no need to take it for a sore throat with a cold.
2- For congestion:
- Drink plenty of fluids, as it can help lessen the mucus and encourage its drainage from the stopped up nose.
- take a plenty of rest (it is very important), so as you can limit your activities.
- try over the counter medications nasal decongestants, antihistaminic and expectorants to relieve the symptoms.
3- For Sore Throat:
- Gargle with warm salt water will help soothe your throat.
- Throat lozenges or sprays may help with throat pain/irritation.
- Tylenol may provide some relief.
- Eating small amounts of food frequently can help clear the mucus from the back of your throat.
- Know more about how to cure sore throat.
4- For cough:
- Use over the counter cough suppressants sparingly. Expectorants (as guaifenesin) are helpful in “breaking up” a cough. Coughing is the body’s attempt to clean the breathing passages.
- On the other hand, totally suppressing the cough may lead to lung infections.
5- Pain relievers:
- such as ibuprofen, to relieve the aches of a cold and sore throat.
- aspirin should not be given to children because it can causeReye’s syndrome, a disorder that can cause brain damage.
6- Manage the environment around you:
- Clean your home, starting with the sick room, to remove irritants such as dust, pet hair and dander which can cause symptoms on their own or make symptoms caused by other conditions worse.
- Avoid introducing new irritants such as cigarette smoke and perfume by asking household members to abstain from using these items indoors.
- In the sick room, maintain air flow by opening a window or adding a fan, if necessary.
7- Consult your doctor if:
- You suffer from persistent or recurrent dry cough and sore throat.
- You suffer from fever of 101 or over for two or more days.
- Dark colored, thick mucus consistently from your nose or cough.
- Your breathing is difficult or painful or if you are wheezing.
- The symptoms last longer than 2 weeks.