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A 25-year-old female asked:

Should i go to the doctor if i have a sore throat?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes, if it persists: After home treatment with gargles, vaporizers, and lozenges/sprays, assuming you are otherwise healthy. Or if you develop fever or difficulty opening your mouth, swallowing, or breathing.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I cure a sore throat without going to the doctor?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Rest,gargles: Your are correct in that most "sore throats" are viral and self limited but the few that are "streptococcal" and dangerous make our life as dr's a walk on the edge.See your dr. And make us more comfortable.
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A 36-year-old female asked:

When do you go to the doctor/go on antibiotics for a sore throat and cough?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
If not improving: (or becoming worse) in few days despite rest, fluids, salt water gargles and OTC cold meds, best wishes
A 38-year-old member asked:

If I have a persistent sore throat, should I see a doctor?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: For significantly sore throat w/ swollen tonsils/lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. R/O mono. 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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A 44-year-old male asked:

I have sore throat...shall I consult my doctor?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
When/if you want: A sore throat is a non-specific symptom of many issues varying from self healing viruses to reflux to infectious strep throat among others. The need for any treatment would depend on the cause, which from the information in your post cannot be determined.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What would you do to decide if you need to see a doctor for a sore throat?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Getting Worse: Had it too long. Fever, soreness spreading to other areas, getting worse rather that better.

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