A 18-year-old female asked:
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i have strep throat and my gums are inflamed and hurt to brush my teeth or eat is this normal? i also have cold sores.

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
32 years experience General Surgery
Many causes: Strep throat can certainly cause irritation of surrounding tissues. In addition, fever from strep can cause "cold sores" (=oral herpes, which 98% of us have) in your lips, gums, mouth, throat, or even esophagus. There are medications to help shorten the duration of the cold sores; see your doctor about this. Warm salt water gargles (1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water; swish, gargle, spit) help.
Answered on Jul 23, 2017
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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Oh...Hello Lady Jane: Hello Lady Jane! 1st off- AGREE with Dr. Twynham & say this about your gums & teeth. Did you ever get that confirmation I suggested to verify you had strep throat..or not yet? The gums & pain of teeth need to be seen by a dentist or periodontist. If untreated this can PUSH bacteria into the bloodstream. Usually not a problem in healthy folk but can be in some situations. Get strep confirmation!
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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