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October 8, 2010 11:59 AM Subscribe
YANMD filter: is my laryngitis bacterial or viral? If the former... weekend medical clinics in Manhattan? Halp.
posted by kestrel251 to Health & Fitness (8 answers total)
First things first: I know YANMD. I've had a cold and, as of last night, seem to have acquired laryngitis. I can't talk at all. I'm resting, not talking, drinking hot things, etc. Feh. The question is just whether it's worth going to the doctor for. I know there is no point in a doctor visit if it's viral. So the question is whether it's bacterial or not.
In favor of viral: teh interwebs says that laryngitis is often viral, and is in fact a common side effect of the common cold.
In favor of bacterial (maybe): this has never happened to me before (I'm in my 30s). So this isn't just what my body does when faced with a cold. Also, in the AM -- only in the AM -- I cough up some nasty green gunk. Some people seem to think that green = bacterial, but I have no idea whether that's true. (The rest of the day my cough is dry, and I'm trying not to do it.)
If I should go to a doctor: anyone know a weekend clinic in Manhattan (preferably the Village/Soho) that accepts Beech Street insurance? I'm just in NYC for a few months, so my PCP is elsewhere. And Beech Street's "provider search" function on their website is crap.
tl/dr: 1) should I go to the doctor? 2) if so, help me figure out where.
Thanks, all you not-my-doctors.