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When a Sore Throat Needs Medical Attention

Last month we went over the signs and symptoms of realizing when a stomach ache may require a visit to the doctor. And just recently we reviewed when to seek medical attention for earaches. Since cold and flu season is upon us, I figured it would be good to also highlight the signs and symptoms of when a sore throat may require a visit to the doctor.


  • Sore throat that comes on rapidly
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Headaches
  • Fever, sometimes greater than 102° F
  • A raw, red appearance to the back of the throat
  • White pus on tonsils
  • Tender, high lymph nodes in neck
  • Rash
  • Absence of a cough, stuffy nose, or other upper-respiratory symptoms

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