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When should I see my doctor about my sore throat?

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Call your doctor about your sore throat if:

  • Your sore throat is severe or lasts longer than a week.
  • You have a fever of 101 F or higher.
  • You have trouble breathing or swallowing. This could be an emergency.
  • There's blood in your saliva or phlegm.
  • You have jaw or ear pain.

From: How to Soothe Your Sore Throat WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Sore Throats."

National Institutes of Health, News In Health: "Soothing a Sore Throat."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Sore Throat."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Peppermint."

Mossad, S. 1996. Annals of Internal Medicine,

WholeHealth Chicago: The Center for Integrative Medicine.

Thomas, M. October 2000. British Journal of General Practice,

Schapowal, A. 2009. European Journal of Medical Research,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 26, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Sore Throats."

National Institutes of Health, News In Health: "Soothing a Sore Throat."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Sore Throat."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Peppermint."

Mossad, S. 1996. Annals of Internal Medicine,

WholeHealth Chicago: The Center for Integrative Medicine.

Thomas, M. October 2000. British Journal of General Practice,

Schapowal, A. 2009. European Journal of Medical Research,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 26, 2017

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