When should I see a doctor for my sore throat?
Whenever a sore throat is severe, persists longer than the usual five- to seven- day duration and is not associated with an avoidable allergy or irritation, you should seek medical attention. The following signs and symptoms should alert you to see your physician:
• Severe and prolonged sore throat that persists longer than seven days
• Difficulty breathing
• Pain with swallowing is to be expected with a sore throat but if you have difficulty swallowing or opening the mouth you should see a doctor
• Fever of 101º F lasting three or more days or fever greater than 103º F
• Sore throat with a rash
• Blood in saliva or phlegm
• Frequently recurring sore throat
• Enlarged tonsils with fever or one tonsil much larger than the other
• Headache with stiff neck, fever, confusion, vomiting and/or rash
• If you have been in contact with someone with bacterial sore throat and you have a sore throat.
• If your sore throat is not associated with cold symptoms or is associated with a swollen “glands” (lymph nodes), or white patches on the back of your throat.

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