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A 33-year-old female asked:

Sore throat started 5 days ago w very swollen right tonsil. yesterday, swollen gums and red spot on tongue. feel fine otherwise. should i see a dr. ?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain.

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