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A 18-year-old female asked:

i have a swollen throat what should i do?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on details: Doctor can examine. Throat symptoms often are from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or flu (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies, irritants, or stomach acid reflux. Usually, a person sees the doctor if throat symptoms are bothersome, recurrent, or don't go away quickly. Rapid mouth, tongue, or throat swelling is a "call 911" emergency.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some basics: You can sit back & hope it is viral & will self heal. Throat sprays/lozenges help with the pain. You can go in & see if it is strep A & requires antibiotic treatment. The cited risk of not treating a strep is 1/200 for developing rheumatic fever & associated heart/kidney or brain complications. The risk to others depends on what it is but expect it to be contagious. What you do is up to you.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Choking?: If you have any trouble breathing or swallowing, rush to the ER immediately. If not, wait a few days and see if this will go away or improve. I presume that has not been any soreness.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Get tested: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Try ginger tea.

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