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Sore Throat

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Sore Throat Symptoms

 

Dr Middleton discusses how to manage a sore throat and when to seek a medical review.

Sore throats are very common, particularly in young children and young adults. You should seek medical attention if any of the following apply:

  • Have a persistently raised temperature above 38C.
  • Are struggling to swallow due to swelling or pain.
  • Have a sore throat lasting for more than a week.
  • If you are taking medications called Immuno-suppressant medication.

Monday-Friday: call for an urgent care telephone call from a clinician.

Saturday - Sunday (or overnight) medical advice can be accessed via NHS 111, which links to the emergency GP service.

Mostly sore throats are caused by viral infections and are self limiting. This, means that antibiotics wont help reduce symptoms and indeed can do more harm.

NHS Choices Information on Sore Throats

NHS Choices Tonsillitis symptoms


 

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