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Health Tip: Warning Signs of a Serious Sore Throat

Health Tip: Warning Signs of a Serious Sore Throat

11/21/13

(HealthDay News) -- A sore throat can be triggered by allergies or by something more serious, such as a bacterial or viral infection.

So how do you know when a sore throat is more serious? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these warning signs:

  • If the sore throat persists longer than a week.
  • If there are problems swallowing or breathing.
  • If there's excessive drooling among younger children.
  • If there's a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If there are patches of pus on the back of the throat.
  • If a skin rash develops.
  • If there is blood in the phlegm or saliva.
  • If there are symptoms of dehydration, including fatigue, dry mouth, infrequent urination or no tears.
  • If there has been exposure to someone with strep throat.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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