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A 19-year-old female asked:

last weekend had a moderate cold or flu today im feeling a bit better my nose is still stuffy & my throat hurts when i swallow but mainly on the left ?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Sore throat: Usually a viral upper respiratory tract infection starts with a sore throat and then proceeds to a typical head cold, but occasionally that pattern is reversed. I still feel that your sore throat is due to a virus and not strep. However if the sore throat persists or worsens, a rapid throat culture is recommended to check for strep. Meanwhile gargle with warm salt water or suck on lozenges.

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