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A 21-year-old female asked:

Really bad sore throat, hurts to swallow, i have a ear ache and a bad migraine, what's going on ? please help

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 45 years experience
URI: URI. Usually viral. Supportive treatment with fluids, saline gargle, OTC pain meds. See MD if no improvement in 5-7 days or gets worse.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Get throat culture: Although you may have a viral event, you need to make sure you do not have a bacterial infection, as a STREP throat, as the latter would need antibiotic treatment.

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