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how do i know if i have a strep or a sore throat from cold?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
The only way to know: For sure is with strep test/ culture. I would tell you that you get beefy red, enlarged tonsils with exudates and swollen lymph nodes - but sometimes you can have strep with hardly any symptoms. Take care.

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a strep or a sore throat from cold?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Testing: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps.

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