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I woke up with a very sore throat. guessing it's a cold. how many more nights of dry, sore throat will i have to endure? i'm trying to drink lots.

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Dr. SANGITA PARAB
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Fluids, not enough.: Sore throat can be caused by viral or bacterial infections among various other reasons. Bacterial infections need to be treated promptly with antibiotics. If you have fever and swollen glands in the neck you should rush to your doctor.
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
1-2 weeks: Colds usually last for a week but can linger up to 2 weeks. If you're sick for longer than 2 weeks - despite all your TLC - it's time to talk with your doc about what else might be going on. ::passing you the chicken soup and kleenex::.

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Last updated Oct 12, 2015

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