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My lymph nodes feel sore and swollen but i dont have a sore throat. Could it be strep still?

My lymph nodes feel sore and swollen but i dont have a sore throat. Could it be strep still?

Not necessarily: Transient lymph node enlargement is a response to inflammation (infection is one of them) and not confined to strep infection. Dental problem and sinus infection can cause the neck nodes to enlarge as well. If the enlargement lasts more than a month or gets worse, you will need to contact your doctor immediately. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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My soft pallat is sore, scratchy, and appears to be swollen. I also have a sore throat. Could my cold be causing this?

My soft pallat is sore, scratchy, and appears to be swollen. I also have a sore throat. Could my cold be causing this?

Absolutely: The same virus that is causing your sore throat can infect any of the mucous membranes of your mouth and respiratory tract, so yes your palate, throat, nose, windpipr, vocal cords... All can be involved in a viral infection. Try salt water gargles if area swollen as this will help reduce swelling. Drink lots of fluids and get lots of rest. Nsaid's (ibuprofen etc) are good for pain and inflammation. ...Read more

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Could I have Lyme disease without the rash and sore joints or is it highly unlikely?

Could I have Lyme disease without the rash and sore joints or is it highly unlikely?

Unlikely but...: In patients with lyme disease, up to 30% cannot recall having a rash. In contrast, virtually all patients with the disease will have joint pain as a major complaint. These symptoms can occur at the same time or separately. ...Read more

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5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today i find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today i find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

Epidemiology : When early lyme is suspected, the diagnosis is based on clinical grounds. Taking a picture of the rash & having a doctor examine it before it disappear is advisable. Other things can cause a bulls eye rash such as a fixed drug eruption, southern tick-associated rash illness, etc. Early recognition is very important. Its too early for an antibody blood test. Epidemiology will help your doc answer. ...Read more

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Could my eye redness be related to a sore throat?

Could my eye redness be related to a sore throat?

Probably : This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have sore throat. have pain when touching on throat. mabye thyroid gland. no fever or other symptom. can it be HIV symptom or other?

I have sore throat. have pain when touching on throat. mabye thyroid gland. no fever or other symptom. can it be HIV symptom or other?

Tender thyroid?: Hi. If your thyroid gland is tender, that's called a thyroiditis. You should see your doctor to have that evaluated. Some HIV meds have been associated with thyroiditis. Talk with your HIV doc about other possibilities. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could cause my toddler to have a sore mouth. strep throat swap was clear?

What could cause my toddler to have a sore mouth. strep throat swap was clear?

Most are viruses: Toddlers are constantly chewing/sucking their fingers or touching the world around them.That gives them ample opportunity to sample every virus or bacteria that exists in their environment. Their mouth/throat is the entrance to their immune system and tonsils that react when stimulated. Strep is sensitive to antibiotics but the viruses must run their course. ...Read more

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I have sores in my nose that crust i've been told it could be bacterial. Could a bacterial infection cause enlarged lymph nodes ?

I have sores in my nose that crust i've been told it could be bacterial. Could a bacterial infection cause enlarged lymph nodes ?

See below: You are probably a nasal staphylococcus aureus carrier and have a bacterial shinitis. Nasal Bactroban Ointment and hibiclens soap showers and shampoos may help. Bacterial infections can cause enlarged lymph nodes in the area of lymphatic drainage from an infection. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node on one side of my neck, my throat isn't sore but a little red. Could this possibly be early symptoms of HIV? No fever

I have a swollen lymph node on one side of my neck, my throat isn't sore but a little red. Could this possibly be early symptoms of HIV? No fever

Need more info: Not possible to answer this question based on limited information. Would depend on a lot of different factors, most importantly your history of recent sexual encounters, number of partners, whether you used protection, etc. If there is any concern for risky sexual behavior would recommend getting tested. ...Read more

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My symptoms indclude: tight/sore chest and back, throat hurts but not tonsils. What could be wrong?

My symptoms indclude: tight/sore chest and back, throat hurts but not tonsils. What could be wrong?

See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thoroughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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My daughter has strep symptoms. Headaches spots on throat very red very painful had fever but tests negative for strep. What else is possible?

My daughter has strep symptoms. Headaches spots on throat very red very painful had fever but tests negative for strep.  What else is possible?

Most are viral: The major entry portal for germs to the body is the mouth. Germs that come in on food or contaminated fingers touch the tonsils on their way in & can adhere & begin to grow, producing infection. Most sore throats are various viruses that will self heal over time. The main problem comes in assuring that the kid takes in enough fluid to keep from dehydrating. ...Read more

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Have white toungue and sore throat also my neck and groin lymph nodes are swollen was diagnosed with strep but got treatment my throat still hurts?

Have white toungue and sore throat also my neck and groin lymph nodes are swollen was diagnosed with strep but got treatment my throat still hurts?

May be viral, mono,s: May not be strep. Consider reculture and not the screen to get better identification. This could be viral. Your physician can better clarify this. ...Read more

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Positive today for MRSA in my nose very sore throat chronic cough headache puffy sore scalp can this all be related to the spread of untreated mrsa?

Positive today for MRSA in my nose very sore throat chronic cough headache puffy sore scalp can this all be related to the spread of untreated mrsa?

Not likely: Mrsa colonization by itself causes no problems, but puts you at risk for invasive disease if you have major events, like surgery. Mrsa is an aggressive pathogen, so it isn't likely the cause of chronic sore throats or headaches. Unnecessary treatment of MRSA colonization leads to other problems like increased resistance to other antibiotics as well. ...Read more

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What could swollen lymph nodes and sore throat be a sign of?

What could swollen lymph nodes and sore throat be a sign of?

Check for strep: One key thing not to miss for a new sore throat with lymph node swelling is strep throat. It can present without fever or white patches, especially in adults. It will go away without treatment, but then you may develop rheumatic heart disease or other complications if it is not treated within 10 days from the start of symptoms. So get a rapid strep test (70-90% acc.) and/or culture (100% accurate ...Read more

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Sneezing, itchy eyes. I wake up with a sore throat, I have swollen lymph nodes in neck for awhile. What could be the cause? Allergies

Sneezing, itchy eyes. I wake up with a sore throat, I have swollen lymph nodes in neck for awhile. What could be the cause? Allergies

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today i find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?

Epidemiology : When early lyme is suspected, the diagnosis is based on clinical grounds. Taking a picture of the rash & having a doctor examine it before it disappear is advisable. Other things can cause a bulls eye rash such as a fixed drug eruption, southern tick-associated rash illness, etc. Early recognition is very important. Its too early for an antibody blood test. Epidemiology will help your doc answer. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more