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my throat hurts really bad, but i am not sure if it is due to allergies or strep throat. how do i find out?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Sxs & Lab Test: Sxs of strep throat: pain of throat; large, red tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue or rash. Allergies won't normally cause fever or markedly enlarged tonsils. If in doubt - see your physician. Rapid strep test & culture are used to determine if suspicious sxs are due to strep or not.
Answered on Jul 9, 2013

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