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A 36-year-old female asked:

Sore throat, few white spots on tonsils for 6 days. no fevers, no swollen lymph nodes, no other symptoms. wait it out at home or should i worry about mono or strep?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Dr. can check throat: 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 (as in this case). A couple days of throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can lessen pain.
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