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i am feeling very sick. ah, sore throat, terrible pain when swallowing, ear is plugged, hurts, coughing. what's wrong with me?

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Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
URI: Most upper respiratory infections start out as a viral infection. If the infection lasts longer than 7-10 days, then it usually is turning from a head cold or chest cold to a bacterial infection that could affect the ears, sinuses, throat, or bronchial airways. If your problem has been going on for over a week, then you need to see your doctor again to consider antibiotics.
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
See a doctor: It sounds like you have some type of upper respiratory tract infection - given the severity of your symptoms, you need to be evaluated by a physician. Antibiotics may be warranted for treatment of a bacterial infection.

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Last updated Dec 26, 2014

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