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How long should a sore throat last?

How long should a sore throat last?

Less than a week: Viral sorethoats usually last only 3-5 days at most. Strep throat can last longer without treatment. Should get checked for strep if fever >3 days, body aches, white spots on tonsils, tender glands in neck. Mononucleosis and sorethroat from allergies or acid reflux can last much longer. Should probably get any sorethroat that lasts longer than 10 days checked out. ...Read more

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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


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How long should sore throat last if it's viral?

How long should sore throat last if it's viral?

5-7 days: 5-7 days. If it lasts longer, see ENT doc; it may be bacterial and require antibiotics. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a sore throat last?

On average, how long will a sore throat last?

That depends: Depends on the cause. Usually sore throat from an infection lasts a few days to a week. ...Read more

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I have never had a sore throat last this long and now it's accompanied with painful swallowing. Any ideas on how to soothe my pain?

I have never had a sore throat last this long and now it's accompanied with painful swallowing. Any ideas on how to soothe my pain?

Risk: You are at a risky age for a number of things to happen ranging from mild infections to throat cancer
best thing to do is to see an ENT specialist to figure it out,
and for peace of mind ...Read more

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How long would sore throat last?

How long would sore throat last?

Depends: Viral illness better in a couple days. Bacterial sore throat better in a few days once antibiotic started. Chronic tonsillitis and tumors cause constant throat pain. Sore throat longer than 2-3 weeks needs ENT evaluation. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will my sore throat last?

Can someone tell me how long will my sore throat last?

That depends.: Do you have strep throat symptoms? Sxs of strep throat can include: large, red painful tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on the roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on the neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue & rash. Someone with strep throat will be contagious until you have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours and for up to 3 weeks if you are not >>>. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a sore throat normally last?

On average, how long will a sore throat normally last?

Depends: Both strep and viral sore throats are usually better in 5-7 days or less. If you have mono, they can last a lot longer. ...Read more

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How long does a sore throat usually last after a laryngoscopy?

How long does a sore throat usually last after a laryngoscopy?

Procedure related: Throat irritation should clear in couple of days, is not an infection, chemical irritation to local anesthetics, just don't worry will clear soon and speak to your doctor ...Read more

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How long does the sore throat feeling of postnasal drip last?

How long does the sore throat feeling of postnasal drip last?

Depends: If the sore throat is indeed from post-nasal drips, it will likely bothers you as long as there is post-nasal drips. Having said that, this association is far less common than believed by most people. If problem persists >1 week even after you have taken medication (nasal steroid?) for nasal allergies, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can sore throat due to larynogopharyngeal reflux last for long time like over 18 months? Can it eventually turn into something serious?

Can sore throat due to larynogopharyngeal reflux last for long time like over 18 months? Can it eventually turn into something serious?

LPR: Greetings, LPR takes a long time to develop. Most often it goes unnoticed for an extended period of time until the delicate membranes become so irritated that you feel pain. Likewise, it takes time for recovery once the reflux is addressed. A complication of untreated LPR could be laryngeal cancer. This would occur more likely in a smoker with a strong family history of cancer. Get checked - ENT. ...Read more

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How long can a sore throat from GERD last?

How long can a sore throat from GERD last?

If progressive...: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid& pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, even a higher risk of throat cancer. Initiate acid blockers to start healing & treat GERD manifestations. ...Read more

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How long would a sore throat caused by acute hiv last? What if I haven't had any other symptoms?

How long would a sore throat caused by acute hiv last? What if I haven't had any other symptoms?

Why do you ask?: I believe we have already visited. A simple sore throat without systemic signs is very, very unlikely to be HIV. Only you know whether you had a risky exposure a few weeks ago. If you did, you need to get a state-of-the-art HIV test simply because you're anxious. If you're okay, be glad, love more carefully from now on, talk about your anxiety with ur Dr, and resolve not to let fear dominate you ...Read more

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How long does rebound acid production last after reducing omeprazole dose. I have gone from 20 to 10mg and now have a daily sore throat.?

How long does rebound acid production last after reducing omeprazole dose. I have gone from 20 to 10mg and now have a daily sore throat.?

Get followup: If after a dose reduction you experience increased symptoms, see your physician. Don't do anything on your own. Frequent "sore throats" from acid should be investigated.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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Flu shot Friday, yesterday very achy, no appetite, sore throat, feeling the same way today. Can this be from the shot? If so how long can it last?

Flu shot Friday, yesterday very achy, no appetite, sore throat, feeling the same way today. Can this be from the shot? If so how long can it last?

Unlikely: Influenza vaccine causes only two types of side effects: pain or discomfort at the injection site, usually mild and generally gone within 2-3 days; and rare allergic reactions. It rarely or never causes flu-like symptoms like yours. Probably you were just unlucky, catching a garden variety viral illness (or conceivably influenza itself) in the past few days. Contact your doctor if it continues. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with gastritis three weeks ago. Showing improvement, but have a sore throat and the burning sensation. How long does gastritis last?

I was diagnosed with gastritis three weeks ago. Showing improvement, but have a sore throat and the burning sensation. How long does gastritis last?

Depends: Unfortunately, there's not a simple answer. It depends on what symptoms you were having, how the diagnosis was made, and what the cause was. Also depends on what the treatment was. Ok to call the doctor that treated you, and ask. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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PAINFUL sore throat gets worse each day lasted for 5 days accompanied by cough, fever, congestion. What to do about this and how long will it last?

PAINFUL sore throat gets worse each day lasted for 5 days accompanied by cough, fever, congestion. What to do about this and how long will it last?

A cold?: Although the symptoms are compatible with a viral infection, the worsening sore throat is of concern. If it is just a common cold, the nasal symptoms and fever will likely subside by the 10th day but the cough may linger for a few more weeks. On the other hand, you will need to rule out a strep throat (although it is not expected to cause a cough) & thus a doctor's visit is recommended ...Read more

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I recovered from mono a few weeks ago, but now I'm back to having a sore throat and huge lymph nodes. Is this a relapse? Will it last as long as before

I recovered from mono a few weeks ago, but now I'm back to having a sore throat and huge lymph nodes. Is this a relapse? Will it last as long as before

Watchful waiting: Swollen lymph nodes are common after a throat infection and commonly found in mono. If you have no fever and the sore throat is manageable with tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen then wait for it to resolve. If symptoms persist or worsen then seek medical attention as you may have gotten strep. ...Read more

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How long does a cough, sore throat, chills, and fever that is viral last?

How long does a cough, sore throat, chills, and fever that is viral last?

Virus illness: Greetings. The cough, throat pain, fever and chills typically last ~5days. If your symptoms last longer, see your doctor for an evaluation. Antibiotics may be needed. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat after drinking straight up shots of whiskey and rum, is this normal? And how long will it last approximately?

I have a sore throat after drinking straight up shots of whiskey and rum, is this normal? And how long will it last approximately?

Alcohol pharyngitis?: As a general rule, alcohol alone should not be producing a sore throat. Although anything is possible, suspect you may have acquired a viral infection. Without seeing you and assessing this it is impossible to say how long it will last. ...Read more

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Had a sore throat for over a week. Doctor said it was just a virus but the sore throat won't go away. Is it normal to last this long?

Had a sore throat for over a week. Doctor said it was just a virus but the sore throat won't go away. Is it normal to last this long?

Yes: If regular culture were not done - would have them since the strep screen testsare often inaccurate.
Virus like mononucleoisis can last a long time. Would ask your physician test for that. ...Read more

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Have had a sore throat for three days, not too bad, but my cough drops say I should see a doctor if it lasts longer than two days. Is that true?

Have had a sore throat for three days, not too bad, but my cough drops say I should see a doctor if it lasts longer than two days. Is that true?

It's true.: If it says so on the label it must be true! As a doctor I can't say that makes much sense - most sore throats are viral and do last more than three days. If it is progressively worsening or is associated with serious side effects see your doc. Otherwise take the lozenges ...Read more

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Can sinus infections cause sore throat & how long do they last?

Sinuses and PND: When you have a sinus infection, you may experience post nasal drip: drainage dripping down to the back of the throat. This can result in symptoms of soreness in the throat, and coughing. Sinus infections are variable in duration, but it's fair to say that they can be stubborn. If antibiotics are needed, it ins't uncommon to see longer courses of treatment - or several treatments in a row. ...Read more

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Sore throat and stuffy nose after guardasil how long will this last?

Sore throat and stuffy nose after guardasil how long will this last?

Likely not related: Hi. Your symptoms an likely unrelated to the Gardasil vaccination. It is more probable that you have another process, like a virus or cold, at the same time that you received the vaccine. Get well soon! ...Read more

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