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Started with sore throat, headache, muscle aches and sensitivity to touch. Took DayQuil but does not relieve sore throat. Do I have strep or the flu?

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Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice

In brief: Need exam/swab

If you go to the doc, s/he can obtain a good ENT exam, including a tonsilar swab for a rapid Strep test.
An acute EBV tonsillitis looks very similar with fever, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, lymphadenopathy & white plaques on the tonsils. EBV can even cause right upper belly pain (acute viral hepatitis). Antibiotics will help a strep but not viral infection. Consider sugarless lozenges.

In brief: Need exam/swab

If you go to the doc, s/he can obtain a good ENT exam, including a tonsilar swab for a rapid Strep test.
An acute EBV tonsillitis looks very similar with fever, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, lymphadenopathy & white plaques on the tonsils. EBV can even cause right upper belly pain (acute viral hepatitis). Antibiotics will help a strep but not viral infection. Consider sugarless lozenges.
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