When to Seek Advice on Sore Throat?

A sore throat does not usually lead to serious problems. However, in some cases, it may be a serious situation. So, if you have a sore throat, when should you seek advice from a healthcare provider?
Most sore throats are caused by an infection with a virus. With time (about two to five days), these throat infections usually improve on their own, without the need for antibiotics. However, seek medical advice 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
  • A sore throat that lasts longer than one week.
(Click Sore Throat and Sore Throat Remedies for more details on when to seek advice on a sore throat. These articles provide a complete overview of sore throats, including possible causes, how they are diagnosed, treatment options, and more.)
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