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How long should a sore throat last?
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Dr. Donald Mantz
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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