Many years ago about 20 or so I had a very bad sore throat once. It is the worst I ever had, similar to what you describe. In my case, the infection in my throat seemed to be much higher than what I was used to, and it was very uncomfortable. I couldn’t sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time, then I would wake up coughing like crazy due to my throat drying up.
I finally went to see the doctor and he prescribed to me some chewable antibiotic tablets the size of a quarter. They were candy favored and they did the trick really quick to take care of my sore throat.
I am fortunate that I rarely get sick. Currently, I have been fighting the beginnings of a sinus infection for the past three days. I wake up feeling my sinuses and my throat being affected, but it clears up in about 3 hours and I’m OK for the rest of the day. The next day is the same thing, but at least I am able to keep it from getting worse and my nose is not running and dripping all over the place. I don’t have a cough either. My voice is still clear which is a way for me to gauge how bad the infection has gotten…whether it makes sense to anyone or not.
I am not taking any medication for my current minor infection, other than staying indoors with the temperature set at around 78 degrees and taking three or four showers a day. It just seems, when I take a shower and let the water run over me, it just clears up my sinuses.
Keep your nose clear without irritating it any more. Don’t blow to hard and don’t swallow it if you can avoid it. Why send the infected mucus into your lungs when you can blow it out your nose or spit it out.
Go see a doctor about your sore throat and see if he can prescribe some chewable antibiotic tablets. Press him on it! Don’t just let him just tell you to take an asprin and call him in the morning. The chewable tablets worked great for me.
Most of the over the counter medications just help relieve the symptoms and do nothing more as far as I’m concerned. I’ve never found them to do much better than that. But in your case, I would see a doctor. For a sore throat, even if you don’t have insurance, it shouldn’t cost that much.
Also, drink plenty of liquids….. and don’t tip over the glass of water on the desk like I just did! Augggghhh!
HOO….cough cough..P! J (I will not be defeated!)