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Sore throat and chest pain

I have a blocked nose, sore throat and pain in my chest since 1st April. Paracetamol and aspirine are not working. I have using Sudafet for 14 days otherwise I couldn't breath. I am exhausted. Should I wait for GP phone consultation scheduled for 20th April or ask for immediate consultation? Please advise. Thank you.

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The answer

The buildup of mucus is often temporary, but some people experience it for months/ years. This is known as chronic catarrh.

Additional modes of treatment you might be able to try include:


  • Take regular sips of water, when you feel the need to clear your throat – constantly clearing throat may worsen symptoms.
  • Use a saline rinse a few times a day – can be bought from a pharmacy or made at home with half a teaspoon of salt in a pint of boiled water that's been left to cool.
  • Avoid warm, dry atmospheres i.e. Air conditioning, car heating systems – placing plants, or bowls of water in a room may humidify the air.
  • Steam inhalation (not boiling water) may soften mucus in your nose. Adding menthol or Eucalyptus to the water may ease your symptoms. These can be bought from a pharmacy.


Over the counter decongestants such as Sudafed have been known to help relieve a blocked nose; however it is advisable to not exceed 5-7 days of use as this may result in rebound congestion (worsening of symptoms).

If you find that your symptoms persist or worsen despite trying alternative treatments, it would be prudent to consult your doctor.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses