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When To See a Doctor for Your Sore Throat


Updated July 05, 2014

Sore Throat
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Sore throats are irritating and painful. Most of the time they go away on their own within a day or two, but sometimes the pain continues and you may wonder if you should consider seeking medical treatment. If you aren't sure when you should see a doctor for a sore throat, we can help.

You should contact your doctor if you have a sore throat and any of the following symptoms.

  1. When you sore throat is accompanied by white patches in the throat.
  2. When you also have a fever for more than 2 days.
  3. When accompanied by cough that produces mucous or cough that lasts for more than a week.
  4. When a child has a sore throat and a harsh, barking cough (may sound like a seal or small dog bark).
  5. When you also have peeling in the mouth and swollen gums and tongue.

Even if you don't have the symptoms listed above, if you are concerned about your sore throat, contact your health care provider. She can help you decide what is causing it and whether or not you need treatment to make it better.

For more about sore throats, see:


"Familydoctor.org." Throat Problems. 1996. American Academy of Family Physicians. 24 Oct 2006.

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