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Strep Throat: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Strep throat is also termed as streptococcal pharyngitis.

How is the treatment done?

Strep throat is caused by a bacteria of group A known as Streptococcus bacteria. This bacterial infection in the throat inflames the throat and causes severe pain. The infected throat is likely to feel very scratchy followed by a sore feeling. This infection is most common in children, though it affects adults too. In cases, where symptoms are neglected, the affected person may face severe complication like an ear infection, inflammation of the kidney, scarlet fever, mastoiditis, sinusitis and several another crucial disease. At the same time, the sneezing and coughing of the infected person can spread the infection as it is highly communicable in nature.

Some of the very usual symptoms of strep throat include sudden high fever (101’ or more), sore throat with red and white patches, drastic fall of appetite, headache and body pain, rash, swollen tonsils, tender lymph nodes swollen around the neck and often nauseous and vomiting tendency in children. However, strep throat is often misjudged as the symptoms are slowly similar to viral infection or other illness. In this case, the doctor performs an in-depth study followed by medical tests in order to make sure the presence of infection that causes strep throat.

Thus, if you or your child is suffering from symptoms of common cold, acid reflux, postnasal drip or a sinus infection you should likely consult a doctor and get a proper diagnosis.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you are between stage I to III or the malignant tumor has not spread to other parts, then a surgery may be advised by your doctor. Surgery is the surgical removal of the tumor. A surgical oncologist is a doctor who specializes in cancer surgery. In a surgery, the tumor may be removed or a part of the esophagus may be removed or removing the esophagus along with the lymph nodes and stomach where the stomach is pulled up and reattached to the esophagus. This type of surgery is termed as esophagactomy. Along with this a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy might be used. In chemotherapy, drugs are used to destroy cancer cells and in radiation therapy, high-energy rays are used to kill the cancer cells. Both of them might be used individually or in combination for patients having a surgery or not having a surgery.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

A child or an adult suffering from symptoms like high fever, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes should likely to consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis. All sore throat does not turn out to be a strep throat infection.

Nevertheless, If you are diagnosed to have strep throat infection, you should opt for treatment right away.

Are there any side effects?

If you are not suffering from symptoms that indicate the presence of strep throat bacterial infection, you do not need the treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The medicines prescribed for treating strep throat are oral antibiotics. However, these medicines have several side effects like vomiting, nausea, an acute loss of appetite and often diarrhoea too. These side effects are generally mild. On the other hand, if you experience any adverse side effect like breathing trouble, wheezing, dizziness or rashes, stop taking the medicines immediately. Consult the doctor regarding the matter.

How long does it take to recover?

The most important requirement for a patient suffering from strep throat is rest. The patient should also adhere to some regulations like drinking warm and cold liquid, gargling from time to time, pain relievers if necessary and also using throat lozenge.

A plenty of water is necessary during this period. Further preference to soothing foods like soups, cooked cereal, and yoghurt would help in recovery.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Immediate diagnosis and treatment within 48 hours of the onset of the symptoms would help in fast recovery. Generally, it takes around 10 -12 days to get back to normal condition.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Treatment cost is entirely subject to the condition of the patient and varies greatly with respect to doctor consultation fees and medical expenses.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Considering the fact that the patient did receive proper treatment and care at the right time, results of treatment do show complete recovery.

Safety: Condition Effectiveness: Very High Timeliness: Low Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Medium Time For Recovery: Low Price Range:

Rs 1,000- Rs 3,000

Popular Health Tips

Follow These Steps To Prevent Yourself From Getting A Strep Throat!

DNB (ENT), MBBS, MNAMS - Otorhinolaryngology
ENT Specialist, Gurgaon
Follow These Steps To Prevent Yourself From Getting A Strep Throat!

Strep throat is a common bacterial infection mostly seen among young adults and children, caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, a group A bacteria, that leads to pain and inflammation in the throat. While some people may have mild symptoms, others may encounter more serious symptoms such as high fever and chills, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of appetite, and difficulty in swallowing food.

If you don’t treat the condition soon enough, strep throat can be really painful and troublesome. Although the ideal treatment option for this condition is antibiotic medications, research studies show that they are only effective in reducing the span of the infection by about half a day. Moreover, antibiotics have adverse side effects on your health, so it is always advisable to steer away from those heavy doses. The best way to keep yourself healthy and free from a strep throat is to prevent it from the very beginning. Here are a few steps you can follow to prevent yourself from getting a strep throat-

  1. Avoid contact- Coughing and sneezing which are the usual symptoms of a strep throat, can be contagious. The infection usually spreads from person to person so make sure you do not come in contact with the person suffering from a strep throat for at least a week or two. Also, keep your mouth covered if you ever come in contact with a sick person.
  2. Maintain good hygiene- Good hygiene is the key to a healthy body. In order to keep the infection at bay make sure you use an anti-bacterial soap or hand wash to clean your hands before and after you have your meal. If you’re traveling around then always carry a hand sanitizer.
  3. Change your diet- Include lots of fluid to your diet. Drinking lots of water and fluids will not only keep you hydrated, but will also moisten and lubricate your throat therefore reducing your chances of being affected by a strep throat. Include vitamin supplements or food that are rich in vitamins and avoid spicy or citrus food as they are likely to cause an irritable strep throat.
  4. Avoid smoking- Smoking causes irritation to the throat tissues, which in turn increases the chance of getting a strep throat. So stop smoking, and avoid coming in contact with smokers as well.

Although strep throat may not sound like a chronic illness, it can lead to serious complications if not prevented at the outset. Since there are no proven vaccines to prevent the infection, adopting these aforementioned steps can help you stay away from a strep throat. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Difficulty in Swallowing - Are You at Risk of Dysphagia?

MBBS, MS - ENT, DNB (ENT)
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Difficulty in Swallowing - Are You at Risk of Dysphagia?

Swallowing food comes naturally to human beings. But when there is a problem, it is usually called Dysphagia. Esophagus, a muscular tube-like organ located at the back of our throat, usually helps in swallowing food and transferring them to our stomach. When esophagus does not function properly, dysphagia happens. Patients suffering from brain or nerve disorder, seniors and babies might have this problem.

People with dysphagia might witness the following issues:

  • Difficulty in swallowing solids and liquids.
  • Gaging, choking or coughing usually occurs when trying to swallow.
  • Experience pain when trying to swallow and also heartburn.
  • Swallowed food might come back up either through mouth or nose.
  • A chronic problem might result in weight loss.

Causes:
There are 2 main reasons, why the Esophagus might become dysfunctional.

  1. Due to some medical condition the muscles and nerves that help the esophagus work have stopped working.
  2. The esophagus is blocked by something.

There can be a number of reasons for both the condition. Here are the reasons why the muscles and nerves might not work.
Certain diseases can create problems with your nervous system, which in turn can affect the esophagus. These diseases are polio, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease.

  1. A brain stroke, spinal cord injury or brain injury can also affect swallowing.
  2. Polymyositis or Dermatomyositis are immune system problems that can cause swelling or weakness.
  3. The muscles of esophagus suddenly squeeze, which is called esophagus spasm.
  4. Scleroderma causes the esophagus to become thin and weak.

The esophagus might be blocked because of these reasons:

  1. Esophagus might have malignant or non-malignant tumours.
  2. Esophagitis is a medical condition when the esophagus is infected, got some allergy or even if a pill got stuck on it.
  3. People suffering from reflux diseases often experience the acid that backs up into the esophagus. This can cause an ulcer on it resulting in scars. Scars make Esophagus narrower, making it difficult to swallow.
  4. There are small sacs called Diverticula on the esophagus or the throat, often making it difficult to swallow.
  5. Lymph nodes, tumours, bone spurs can also obstruct esophagus and create difficulty in swallowing. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ENT specialist.
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Rheumatic Fever in Kids - How It Impacts Your Child?

M.D(Pediatrics), MBBS
Pediatrician, Rewari
Rheumatic Fever in Kids - How It Impacts Your Child?

Rheumatic fever is a kind of autoimmune ailment that can occur as a result of group A streptococcal throat infection leading to inflammatory lesions in the connective tissues of the body. This disease specifically affects the joints, heart, blood vessels and various subcutaneous tissues located all over the body.

History of the effects of rheumatic fever:
The disease has been evaluated and depicted since the 1500s, though the connection between the rheumatic fever, and the throat infection was not found out until it was late 1880s. And the sore throat was also related to the rash, which is caused by streptococcal exotoxins, along with fever. Rheumatic fever was one of the leading causes of deaths in children as well as one of most common reasons behind the acquired heart diseases in adults before the invention and availability of penicillin.

Reasons behind the causes of rheumatic fever:
Even though adolescents and adults may be affected by the rheumatic fever, it mostly affects children aged between 5 to 15 years. It is a common disease in areas like South-Central Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and several parts of New Zealand and Australia. Group A streptococcus bacterium is the primary cause of this fever, and it also leads to scarlet fever in some people. It makes the body attack its own tissues once it has been attacked by the bacteria. This particular reaction leads to widespread inflammation throughout the body and forms the basis of all the common symptoms of the rheumatic fever.

You may have to take your child for the strep test if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  1. A sore throat and red rashes all across or in certain parts of the body.
  2. If your child has tender or swollen lymph nodes that are causing difficulty in swallowing.
  3. Tonsils that are filled with pus or red and swollen.

Harmful impacts of the rheumatic fever:

Developed mostly due to strep throat infection, it can affect the heart, skin, joints and nervous system of children. Though it may not affect all who have gone through a strep throat infection, it can lead to long-term diseases of the heart and its valves and is termed as a rheumatic heart disease. Since each attack of rheumatic fever may cause further damage to the heart, it is very crucial to make sure that your child doesn’t have one more attack of the fever, and it is therefore, important to have regular doses of penicillin injections and consult a specialist for receiving further advice on treatments and prevention.

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Gala Baithne In Hindi - गला बैठने के लक्षण

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Gala Baithne In Hindi - गला बैठने के लक्षण

गला बैठना या लेरिन्जाइटिस क्या है? लेरिन्जाइटिस स्वर यन्त्र में होने वाली सूजन है, जो इसके अत्यधिक प्रयोग या संक्रमण के कारण होती है. लैरिंक्स के अंदर आपकी स्वर तंत्रियाँ होती हैं – मांसपेशी और उपास्थि को चारों तरफ से ढकने वाली श्लेष्मा झिल्ली की दो परतें. आमतौर पर, आपकी स्वर तंत्रियाँ आसानी से खुलती और बंद होती हैं और उनकी गतिविधियों और कंपन के माध्यम से ध्वनि बनती है. लेकिन लेरिन्जाइटिस में, आपकी स्वर तंत्रियों में सूजन हो जाती है. यह सूजन उनके ऊपर से गुजरने वाली हवा द्वारा उत्पन्न ध्वनियों की विकृति का कारण बनती है. परिणामस्वरूप, आपकी आवाज़ कर्कश लगती है. गला बैठने के कुछ मामलों में आपकी आवाज़ को पहचानना भी लगभग मुश्किल हो जाता है.
क्या है कारण?
लेरिन्जाइटिस के कारणों में ऊपरी श्वसन तंत्र संक्रमण या आम सर्दी जुकाम, बोलने, गाने या चिल्लाने के कारण स्वर तंत्रियों का अति प्रयोग; गैस्ट्रोएसोफेगल रिफ्लक्स रोग जो रिफ्लक्स लेरिन्जाइटिस का कारण बनता है, धूम्रपान, धूम्रपान करने वाले किसी व्यक्ति के या प्रदूषित हवा के संपर्क में आना शामिल हैं. लेरिन्जाइटिस अगर संक्रमण के कारण हुआ है, तो संक्रामक होता है.
गला बैठने के सबसे आम संकेत और लक्षण आवाज़ बैठ जाना, आवाज बंद हो जाना और गले में दर्द हैं. वयस्कों में लेरिन्जाइटिस के अतिरिक्त लक्षण और संकेतों में गले में खुष्की और खराश, निगलने में दर्द और गले या गर्दन के फूलने का आभास होना शामिल हो सकते हैं. अगर लेरिन्जाइटिस एक संक्रमण के कारण हुआ है, तो संक्रमित व्यक्ति में बुखार, लिम्फ ग्रंथियों में सूजन के लक्षण भी हो सकते हैं. शिशुओं या बच्चों में लेरिन्जाइटिस के अतिरिक्त संकेत और लक्षण क्रुप के साथ जुड़े हुए हैं और इसमें कर्कश ध्वनि वाली खाँसी व बुखार शामिल हैं.
वयस्कों में आवाज़ का बैठना, आवाज़ बंद हो जाना
लेरिन्जाइटिस के संकेत और लक्षण आवाज़ का बैठना, आवाज़ बंद हो जाना और गले में दर्द वयस्कों में लेरिन्जाइटिस के प्राथमिक लक्षण हैं. वयस्कों में लेरिन्जाइटिस के लक्षण यदि गला बैठने का कारण संक्रामक है, तो इससे प्रभावित व्यक्तियों में वायरल संक्रमण के ये लक्षण होंगे. ऊपरी श्वसन तंत्र संक्रमण या सर्दी सूखी खाँसी गले में खराश बुखार गर्दन में स्थित लिम्फ ग्रंथियों में सूजन निगलने में दर्द होना गले या गर्दन के फूले होने का आभास बहती नाक आवाज बंद होना
शिशुओं और बच्चों में
शिशुओं और बच्चों में लेरिन्जाइटिस के लक्षण क्रुप से पीड़ित शिशुओं और छोटे बच्चों को सांस लेने में कठिनाई होती है. अगर बच्चा सूजे हुए और संकीर्ण स्वर यंत्र के माध्यम से श्वास लेने की कोशिश करता है, तो कार्टिलेज क्षतिग्रस्त हो सकता है. यह ठीक वैसा ही है, जब एक स्ट्रॉ के माध्यम से साँस लेने का प्रयास किया जाता है. शिशुओं और बच्चों में लेरिन्जाइटिस के साथ अक्सर श्वासनली और ब्रोन्कियल ट्यूब्स में सूजन हो जाती है. इसे "क्रुप" कहा जाता है. चूंकि शिशुओं और बच्चों में ये संरचनाएं पूरी तरह से विकसित नहीं हुई होती हैं, इसलिए सूजन के कारण वायु का ऊपरी वायुमार्ग से गुज़रना कठिन हो सकता है. इसके कारण कुक्कुर खाँसी या काली खाँसी हो सकती है. इसे "स्ट्रीडर" भी कहते हैं और यह क्रुप से सम्बन्धित है.
बढ़ती उम्र के साथ कार्टिलेज मज़बूत हो जाता है और गहरी श्वास का सामना करने में सक्षम होता है, लेकिन बच्चों में कार्टिलेज कमज़ोर होता है और हर बार सांस लेने के लिए बच्चे को कड़ी मेहनत करनी पड़ सकती है. स्वर यंत्रीय उपास्थि का परिपक्व होना और वायुमार्ग की चौड़ाई का बढ़ना आमतौर पर 6 या 7 वर्ष की आयु से होता है. क्रुप ऊपरी वायुमार्ग में होने वाला एक वायरल संक्रमण है. इसके लक्षणों में शामिल हो सकते हैं – कर्कश कुक्कुर खाँसी बुखार श्वसन में कठिनाई उत्पन्न होना, जहाँ शिशु या बच्चे को सूजे हुए वॉइस बॉक्स क्षेत्र के माध्यम से हवा को अंदर खींचने के लिए बहुत प्रयास करना पड़ता है रात में अधिक गंभीर लक्षण
गले के फूलने का आभास
लेरिन्जाइटिस के अन्य लक्षण जब गला बैठने का कारण संक्रामक नहीं होता है, तो बैठी हुई आवाज़ के साथ खाँसी एक महत्वपूर्ण लक्षण हो सकता है. गले के फूलने का आभास भी हो सकता है. रोगी को निगलने में कठिनाई और सांस की तकलीफ की शिकायत हो सकती है. कुछ दुर्लभ मामलों में अगर सूजन की वजह से मामूली खून बह रहा हो तो रोगी की खाँसी के साथ थूक में खून निकल सकता है.

Sore Throat and Strep Throat - Are They Same?

MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Bangalore
Sore Throat and Strep Throat - Are They Same?

Throat pain mainly occurs due to two conditions-'sore throat' or 'strep throat'. Often the terms 'sore throat' and 'strep throat' are used interchangeably, but they don't indicate the same thing. While a sore throat is a condition mostly followed by common cold, runny nose or congestion; strep throat is a bacteria-induced infection. The bacterium called Streptococcus is responsible for strep throat.

The most common reason behind a sore throat is a viral infection like flu or cold. So, if you've a sore throat that is caused by virus, there is no reason to worry as it can be treated easily. But if you are suffering from strep throat or streptococcal infection, then antibiotic drugs for additional treatment will be required to avoid complications.

Signs and symptoms of a strep throat (which indicates that your throat pain is serious and needs attention) include:

  • Pain while swallowing food
  • Sore throat which usually persists for more than 48 hours
  • Small red spots at the roof top of your mouth
  • Swollen and red tonsils at times with streaks of pus or white patches
  • Fever
  • Swollen, benign lymph nodes in your neck
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Body aches
  • Vomiting or feeling of nausea, especially amongst younger children

When these signs and symptoms become noticeable, you need to promptly visit your doctor for test and treatment. And, if the reports indicate strep throat, then your doctor will prescribe you some oral antibiotics to reduce the complications and severity of symptoms so that it doesn't spread to others. You are advised to follow your prescription properly and stay indoors for at least a day after starting your medication.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

Suffering from Dryness in Throat area. I smoked too much from 1998 to 2012 regularly now I smoke occasionally. I am BP patient Using Olmijest Am.

ENT Specialist, Pune
Avoid smoking take steam inhalation n if sore throat n throat irritation is there then take tab pan 40 mg 1 tab once daily for 1 month empty stomach n syears mucaine gel 1 tsf twice daily hlf n hr before food for 15 days.

HI Doctor, I have been experiencing and uncomfortable in my throat. Am scared a lot, I regularly smoke. My throat becomes dry and I feel there is something inside it. Can you please help me?

MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
It can be a sign of impending lesion in throat (may be an early warning sign of cancer), so stop smoking consult an ENT and get a biopsy done, of there is any tissue change. All the best.
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Hello doctor my age is 19 I am suffering from thorat dryness and my tongue is white due to it as I swallow something there is something toward ryt side irrate me. I am scared it is oral cancer?

Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), DNB (ENT)
ENT Specialist, Nagpur
Hi throat cancer without any risk factors like smoking, tobacco chewing ,reverse smoking is less likely. So if you want to be sure what exactly is wrong consult an ent surgeon and seek proper advise.
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Hi, I am in second month of pregnancy and I am suffering from throat infection, also I was recently ulcer patient. Please suggest me the medicine for this throat infection.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Trivandrum
Take multivitamin tabs also in addition to betadine gargle. There are local application ointments. For medication select consult in private.

I want to become a singer, but my voice is cracked. How can I convert that cracked voice into sweet and deep voice. Please give me an effective solution.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Gargle daily with lukewarm water and tulsi leaves. Early morning Drink one spoon pure honey with lukewarm milk. Do not overuse or strain your voice Avoid speaking loud Avoid too much talking Eat fruits like gauva, papaya,apple Meditate daily chanting om.
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What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Throat Pain
Here are cause symptoms and treatment of Throat Pain

Hello, I'm Dr. Varun Gupta, a Senior ENT consultant. Dr. Bindu Kumari, our speech language pathologist and Mr. Rajesh, our audiologists. Today we are discussing in brief, a very common clinical condition, on our day to day clinical practice, which is a throat pain.

The common causes of throat pain are viral infections, bacterial infections, acid reflux, smoking and food irritants. It leads to a difficulty in swallowing, irritation and itchiness in the throat. It may lead to a swelling of lymph nodes as well. It is very important to visit your doctor, if you are having some pain in the throat, because it is a very annoying symptom and though it is not a very serious ailment and we can get it control with the use of simple antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and anti-histamines along with if there's an acid reflux we can start with some anti-acidity medicines also.

Many times in case of throat pain it can lead to hoarseness of voice as well means the voice of the patient also deteriorates. I would like to introduce Bindu Kumari to talk about something about the voice hygiene. When you have throat pain, you need to maintain some vocal hygiene tips, don't clear throat frequently, don't whisper, take adequate amount of voice taste, don t scream, use some humming relaxation exercises. Throat pain due to viral infection can lead to involvement of ear.

So I will request Mr. Rajesh to mention about this. Viral infection can lead to hearing loss. The symptom can be ringing sound, buzzing sound, blocking in the ear and is also is can be hearing loss. So please do not hesitate to come visit the audiologist and go for the hearing screening. As it can prevent permanent hearing loss. So regarding the management of throat pain, as you have just seen it lead to all kinds of symptoms like voice problem, a throat pain and it can affect the hearing also.

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Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Care
When to See an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist?
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Sore Throat - Causes And Remedies
Hello everyone,

I am Dr Madhulika Sharma. I have been practicing daily for 15 years and I would be telling you precisely on the topic of sore throat. People are not that aware of the topic sore throat because what they feel is the common complaints that I have irritation in the throat, I have been feeling of dryness, I have a little bit of pain in my throat that really pains and when I swallow these are the common complaints so many a times reason not only associated with sore throat some of the patients have others some have actual infections from other things associated with that show not only the treatment is the same every time.

So we need to consult a specialist to treat it the most common cause of sore throat as you call it pain in the throat is viral infection which in most of the case they do not need to treatment at all they can be mild infection in case of mild infection simple gargle simple home remedies will also help but yeah if you do not feel comfortable even after 2 days. You should go to the specialist then. The second most common cause is bacterial infections in those cases the patients will have fever and have small swellings Indian roads there are other associated symptoms like fever which is not responding to medication at all.

All these symptoms can be associated with most commonly with bacterial infection. then apart from that sometimes these infections lead to abscess formation that is all the more grave because many times we do take medication from outside and they just keep continuing that and then the abscess builds up and then that leads to severe complications so whatever we take simple medicines we should try only for 2-3 days not more than that because after that it becomes difficult for patients as well as doctor.

Now I apart from this many a times very few patients come with pain in throat they have been taking treatment and actually the causes something else sometimes there are other inside the throat that only we can see only ENT specialist can examine then we can come to know that you have this problem and just treating the answer itself reads the problem right then sometimes there are foreign bodies that are stuck in the throat people think that it is sore throat and start taking medication for that so all these things have to be treated only after proper examination and but of course it is not a Grave problem most of the times so initial one or two days you can of course take medication rest simple warm saline gargle is a wonder drug that can help each and every patient and you can always contact me online rate on other sites and I would be really happy to help you.

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Common Problems That can Affect Your Voice
Problems that create difficulty in speaking-

I m an ENT specialist. I served in the army for 15 years, following which I am now in private practice in Vasant Vihar, South Delhi. Today, we will discuss hoarsness, or cracking of the voice or difficulty in speaking.

Hoarseness of the voice quite commonly arises if you have some kind of a vocal strain or a sore throat that has not been adequately treated. Nowadays, we believe that acidity reflux can also cause hoarseness. If your voice has been hoarsed and you are not speaking for more than at least two to three weeks, it is essential for you to have your vocal cords checked and diagnosed because we want to make sure that you are not suffering from any dangerous disease like cancer or some other problem which can spread and which is important for us to treat early.

If you go to the ENT specialist for an appointment, they normally will give a local anaesthetic in your throat and take a detailed look at your vocal cords with scopes which are either 70degreese or a 90-degree radioscopy. Sometimes they will like to do flexible fibre operated laparoscopy which would let them see your vocal cords in great detail. my request to you is hoarseness that is persisting for some time please do not ignore as it could be as serious problem.

As well as health tips are concerned we normally request people to not to speak very loudly not to speak for very long a period at a time. If your throat goes dry while speaking please use some sips or water to moisten your throat. Avoid smoking avoid drinking alcohol and avoid taking chilled water because these can affect your vocal cords in a negative way.

If there is a problem you can get in touch with me via lybrate through the various problems available or call my clinic set up an appointment for us to evaluate you and find out your cause and treat you.

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Treatment of Cough and Cold
Hello, I am Dr Anup Sabharwal, an ENT specialist, practicing in South Delhi. And I am currently associated with BLK hospital for surgeries. I am here to discuss some common ENT problems.

All children do have frequent coughs and colds which can lead to various diseases for which you need some cough drops and some anti allergics. Common problems associated with chest cough and colds are ear infection which happens after the cough and cold mostly in this rainy season and it travels in school. In school one kid gets a cold, the whole School almost start getting infection and after that is ear infection. We see some child have pus coming from the ear and it is treated with a group of antibiotics so that infection settles quickly.

The Other common thing we just feel is ear wax. Ear wax is natural. It keeps forming, keeps shedding. Mostly the problem of ear wax comes when you try to clean the ears. When you clean the children's ears, it just pushes the wax in and probably getting more air bags and ear infection. It is easier to use some wax drops off and on so that the wax keeps coming out of the ear. If your child has some ear problem then the best way is to see an ENT doctor.

Cutting sore throat is an another thing that children complain about. First line of treatment is just salt water gargle and using some pain killer like crocin. Every sore throat does not need an antibiotic and does not need very aggressive treatment. If your child has severe fever and sore throat so definitely it has to be treated right away.

Another major problem that we have seen in child (diagnosed or not diagnosed), is hypertrophy in children which can cause nose, ear and tonsils problem. Treatment is again that treat the infections. It is a simple procedure and from child's perspective and parent's perspective, anaesthesia gives relief right away for any kind of pain or discomfort. The effect is instantaneous and long lasting because the Androids do development of the face and ear and thus lifelong.

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