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Fever won't go down my boyfriend has a sore throat, headache, swollen/red tonsils, can't swallow and his fever won't go down. he's been alternating tylenol (acetaminophen) and advil but nothing. it's been like this for a few days now.

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Well, : Well, it sounds like it's time for him to see a doctor since he has a fever and has been sick for a few days. Sore throat is a fairly common symptom associated with many illnesses. Most of the time it resolves on its own without any other issues. Occasionally it can be due to something more serious that needs treatment. Reasons to seek care are: - any fever - since it could be strep or mono and you can't tell without an exam/testing - if it lasts longer than 3 or 4 days - any difficulty opening your mouth - unable to swallow - severe pain - bleeding in the throat - redness or swelling on the outside of the neck - any difficulty breathing or noisy breathing in the meantime until seeing a doctor, taking Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for pain, drinking plenty of fluids such as hot tea/broth or cold liquids and a spoonful of honey can help.
Dr. James Vito
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
ACT NOW: Your boyfriend sound to be very sick and not being able to swallow can affect his airway. My suggestion go to a doctor or an er now and get evalauted and treat this properly and responsibly.

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