Sore Throat -- When to Go to the Doctor?

In most cases, a sore throat is not a serious problem. However, in some cases, it may be a serious situation. So if you have a sore throat, when should you go to the doctor?
You should seek medical care if you (or your child) have any of the following symptoms:
  • Temperature higher than 101ºF (38.3ºC)
  • Swelling in the neck or tongue
  • Difficulty breathing, swallowing, or opening the mouth
  • Severe sore throat
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty talking
  • Muffled voice
  • Stiff neck
  • Signs of dehydration.


Other reasons to contact your healthcare provider for a sore throat include:
  • A sore throat that lasts longer than one week
  • Pus on the back of the throat
  • A rash
  • Hoarseness lasting for more than two weeks
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm
  • Recurring sore throats
  • You have been exposed to someone with strep throat or a sexually transmitted disease.
(For more details on when to go to the doctor, click Sore Throat. This article provides a complete overview of sore throats, including possible causes, how they are diagnosed, and treatment options that are available.)
5 Tips to Keep a Cold at Bay
Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.