Well, I've been trying to convince myself it's just an allergic reaction, but as of last night I was confusedly dizzy, it hurt to swallow, and I started coughing up brownish goop. I think it's official... I've got a case of The Ick.
Time for a cup of peppermint tea. (Thanks again to Emma for sending some; it's coming in very handy.) Peppermint, according to my hippie herbal healing manual, is a mild pain reliever and antiseptic, and it can help clear the sinuses of crud, so it's worth a shot. That, and it fits with the ol' doctors' mantra of "in times of illness, force fluids." Whenever I hear that phrase, I always have this interesting mental image of a doctor chasing me with a turkey baster, yelling, "Come back here! I gotta force fluids!"