You get a really bad sore throat...where do you go?

Bignuf Bignuf
What type of care do you seek for routine illnesses?
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Wicked Wahine
Rossie , edeneve , Kitten has left the site , OH&W, Lovebears , KyotoAngel , U3H , Lavender*Moon , RebelSentry
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Rossie Rossie
If I have a bad sore throat, I'll be taking Isatis root (or "Ban Lan Gen herbal pills" in Chinese), take them continuously for 2 to 3 days and I'll be cured.
dv8 dv8
It depends on whether or not I have a normal sore throat or if I need antibiotics.
edeneve edeneve
I usually self-treat. for a sore throat, as long as I catch it early, I take 2,000 mg. of Vitamin C & it knocks out the sore throat. I take the dose 2x a day for 2 days. if I don't catch the sore throat soon enough for the Vitamin C to help, I gargle w/ salt water.
Kitten has left the site Kitten has left the site
I gargle salt water, and take cold medicine because when I get a sore throat, a cold is normally right behind it, and if it takes so long to get over it, my husband will make me go to the hospital.
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
For a sore throat, you have to be really careful it's not strep or you could end up dead in no time if it hits your heart. I have had strep enough as a child to know what it's like and to look for those white spots, but I can tell the difference between a sore throat and the PAIN that is strep.

So, if it's a sore throat from post nasal drip, or something, I definitely gargle a lot with warm salt water and start the zinc if a cold is coming on. I'll drink hot drinks if that helps and if I am really bad, I'll zap it with a spray to numb it till I can sleep through it.

Now, if I think it's strep, I have a culture taken. I used to have my dad do it, but now, I'd have to go through my primary care Dr (I've never been to one, lol. But, starting May 1st, I now have one due to my new HMO.) Normally, I use my neurologist (my migraine Dr.) about whatever is wrong, if I can, because it's easier for me. I guess it's like someone using their GYN as their general care Dr. I don't go to the Dr unless I absolutely cannot avoid it and even then I miss so many appointments due to the migraines that I just hate to even make them at all. I know what I can't mess around with though, so I imagine I'll be seeing this new Dr eventually, *sigh*.
OH&W, Lovebears OH&W, Lovebears
I also gargle salt water. I also drink a lot of herbal tea. Taste nasty my family says. I've gotten use to the taste though after so many years. I used to be notorious for getting sore throats. Took me 3 trys but finally stopped smoking when my youngest was born.

WW, is trys spelled correctly or is it tries ?

Bignuf Bignuf
WOW, I goofed by using "sore throat" as an example. Everyone is giving their home formulas (which might be educational anyway). What I was looking for is how many people have a primary doctor, verses using their GYN as one, or going to a "doc in the box" place or ER!!! Maybe I said if you needed a couple stitches???
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
Originally posted by OH&W, Lovebears
I also gargle salt water. I also drink a lot of herbal tea. Taste nasty my family says. I've gotten use to the taste though after so many years. I used to be notorious for getting sore throats. Took me 3 trys but finally stopped smoking when my ...
@ Oriental husband & wife: Yes, it's "tries" There is no English word "trys", (but there is an Albanian one, lol). However, trys + "t" at the end = tryst which is pronounced as if the "y" is a short "i" so it sounds like trist. You know what a tryst is, right?

You used it as a noun which it "try" for singular, as in, "I took a try at it and didn't score." For the plural, it's "tries" as in "He took three tries, but finally stopped smoking." BTW CONGRATS on stopping smoking, what a tough accomplishment that can be!

And in case you get confused, "try" is also used as a verb as such:

I try
you try
he/she/it tries
we/they try

and for past tense:

I tried
you tried
he/she/it tried
we/they tried

@Bignuf, LOL, I see what you meant! Yeah, stitches would have been a better call, hahaha! OK, I will answer that...depending on how badly I needed treatment, I would go to an ER, or to whomever could treat me fastest. If it was going to potentially leave a nasty scar or impair function, I'd be seeing the plastic surgeon, or whatever specialist, lol!

But for routine care, I usually try to get that from my migraine Dr. He's the only one I see regularly. I got a flu shot at the drug store a few times, though I didn't get one this year. In the past, I cheated and I still do if possible and have my dad do stuff (he's a physician), or I just try and treat it myself until it's something horrible enough I am forced to see a specialist.

I guess I avoid GPs because I self-diagnose I really do know what's wrong with me and my father can diagnose most everything else and sends me to whomever I need to see which is usually a specialist. If I had no idea what's going on, I guess I'd then go to a GP.

Did I even help at all? I probably just confused the issue for you, lol!
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Depends...if it's really bad to the point where I can't even soothe it enough to eat, I'd probably schedule an appointment with my doctor.

But most of the time mine go away on their own within a week or so.
Until then it's lots (probably an understatement, these become a good 30-50% of my diet when I get a sore throat) of popsicles, medicine (depending on the cause of the sore throat), and tea with honey in it.

I guess I consider myself fairly lucky that I don't get them often, means I don't have to deal with the pain much. I'd say a sore throat is -almost- as bad as a really nasty toothache.
RebelSentry RebelSentry
Originally posted by Bignuf
What type of care do you seek for routine illnesses?
I take cold meds, and vitamins. Usually better in less than a week.
tiny princey tiny princey
I usually self treat. For sore throats I usually just boil a cup of water and mix it with some honey. I don't think I've ever gotten a really bad sore throat before though because the moment my throat feels a little iffy I drink plenty of water
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