Patient discussion about sore

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Q. sore thorat

Asore throat usualy caused by a virus infecting the area, then the only thing you can do is wait, take a teaspoon of huney every now and then (it has septic abilities)and that's it. but it could be a bacterial infection (mostly come with fever- sometimes not) and that needs an antibiotic treatment. to determine for sure a doctor needs to do a swab of the throat.
hope that helped!! :)

Q. Are cold sores contagious?

My boyfriend has cold sores on his mouth. Can I catch it from him? If so, how can I prevent catching it?
A1Cold sores contain the HSV-1 virus, which is the herpes simplex virus . While your boyfriend has cold sores, he should wash his hands often, especially after touching his face. He shouldn't share cups and eating utensils with others since he is very contagious. You should not kiss him or touch the cold sores either, in order not to be infected.
A2The virus that causes cold sores is known as the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV, type I and type II. Cold sores are usually caused by type I. Herpes simplex infections are contagious. You can catch the virus by kissing your boyfriend or having other close contact with his sores or even from having contact with other parts of his skin that appear normal but are in fact shedding the virus. People are most contagious when they have active blister-like sores. Once the blisters have dried and crusted over (within a few days), the risk of contagion is significantly lessened. Therefore, it is best that you don't come in physical contact while he has the cold sores, since he is contagious. However, a person infected with HSV can pass it on to another person even when a cold sore is not present. This is because the virus is sometimes shed in saliva even when sores are not present.

Q. I have a sore throat should I take antibiotics?

I am a 19 years old collage student. in the past few days I feel a sore throat and I have pain in my left neck. I feel a new "lump" in my neck, it is a soft lump and its very tender to palpation. I also have a low degree fever (something like 37.8 c). How can i know if I need antibiotics?
A1You might need an antibiotic therapy. In general, sore throat that goes along without red eyes and general malaise tends to be with a bacterial origin and require antibiotic therapy. If it happens to many times, you can do a surgery to remove the tonsils as you can see here
http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Deal-with-Sore-Throats-5486
A2You can't know for sure, but your doctor should know.
In general as I understood from our pediatrician, if you have a painful lump its probably a lymph node, and you will probably need antibiotics. You need to go to the doctor and he will decide.
To ease the pain however you don't need the GP. You can just drink hot tea. It helps my little kids every time :)

Q. Why is it hard to swallow when you have a sore throat?

I was sick last week. I had a sore throat pain in my neck and fever. the most annoying symptom that i had was pain during sallowing. what is the source of that pain, and what can I do to ease it next time?
A1When you have an inflammation in your body, the sick area hurts when its palpated. when your neck is inflamed, you have a pain in the neck. when the inside part of the neck is inflamed you have tonsillitis.
When you eat something, it touches your inside of the neck, and if it's inflamed it will be painful.
The good news is that you can treat this pain in the same way you treat other inflammatory pain - hot (NOT boiling) tea.
A2The reason for the pain is the tonsils.
As you can see here http://images.healthcentersonline.com/cold/images/article/Tonsilitis.jpg
when you have sore throat u have an inflamation of your tonsils. when u swallow something, it touches the tonsils and this is painful.

Q. Ive been having problems with my stomach bloating and it is very tender and sore what could it be?

AIt could be many things, depending on other symptoms you may have. Is the pain relieved by eating and appears again several hours later? If so, it might be related to peptic ulcer disease (see: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/pepticulcer.html)

Is the pain relieved by defecation? Do you have also diarrhea or constipation? If so, these features may suggest IBS (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/article/000246.htm)

Anyway, stomach problems can also result from serious, albeit usually rare, conditions, so consulting a doctor may be wise in this situation.

Take care,

Q. Is that true that mouth sores are caused by lack of vitamins?

I’ve been having white mouth sores in the past 6 months or so. Could that mean I have to take vitamin supplements?
A1yup ... autoimmune reactions means your immune system is not working well
it's not working well because it lacks the nutrient and vitamins it needs to function properly
- take lots of vitamin c to boost your immune system
- organic multivitamins
- organic juices high in anti oxidants
- and most important .. omega 3-6-9
A2Nope, no one really knows the real cause of them. They are considered to be an autoimmune reaction of some kind. I get them from pressure and from dry heat. Maybe you changed your diet in the past 6 months? Try avoid Eating tomatoes (of all kinds, even cooked) for a while see if it helps.

Q. what is the difference between tender points and trigger points.

I read somewhere in the net that there are two points called tender and trigger points which are one of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Is that true? If so what is the difference between tender points and trigger points?
AWhat you have read about tender and trigger points are true. A tender point hurts to the touch and causes some degree of pain in that area, while a trigger point may not necessarily be painful to the touch but causes a degree of pain to be felt in another area. Fibromyalgia patients typically have a number of tender points and, according to the American College of Rheumatology, the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia stipulates that an FMS sufferer should have pain upon palpation (i.e. touch) in eleven of the generally accepted eighteen tender points. A tender point is verified in a physical examination in which approximately nine pounds of pressure are applied by touch and the patient acknowledges that pain is felt.
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