A 22-year-old female asked:
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do white spots on tonsils with sore throat always mean strep?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
No: 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 very painful, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol can temporarily lessen pain, if any.
Answered on May 4, 2020

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