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Sore throat, bright red throat and tonsils, swollen tonsils, looks like tonsil stones in deep tonsillar crypts, swollen lymph nodes. Go to doctor?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yep

New onset sore throat, with redness, discolored patches needs to be evaluated for strep throat.
If a rapid strep test is negative, ask for a throat culture, Since 1 to 3 out of 10 rapid strep tests have false negatives & strep is missed. As long as strep is treated within 10 days the risk of acquiring rheumatic fever is minimal. So go to an UC today or see doc tomorrow. Now if had for 10 days.

In brief: Yep

New onset sore throat, with redness, discolored patches needs to be evaluated for strep throat.
If a rapid strep test is negative, ask for a throat culture, Since 1 to 3 out of 10 rapid strep tests have false negatives & strep is missed. As long as strep is treated within 10 days the risk of acquiring rheumatic fever is minimal. So go to an UC today or see doc tomorrow. Now if had for 10 days.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Dr. Susan Rhoads
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Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes!

It could be streptococcus and that would need antibiotics.

In brief: Yes!

It could be streptococcus and that would need antibiotics.
Dr. Laura Anissian
Dr. Laura Anissian
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Dr. Louis Cooper
I agree with Dr. Anissian. Please be seen today or tomorrow to confirm diagnosis and treatment. Remember this can be a very contagious process--avoid secretion contact, separate hand towels and glasses.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture.
Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps.

In brief: Yes

For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture.
Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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