Sore Throat Symptoms

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Comment by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

How long should a sore throat last?

How long your sore throat lasts depends on the cause. If your sore throat is caused by a viral infection it may last four to five days. If the cause is bacterial (such as strep throat), antibiotics may be prescribed and symptoms may resolve two to three days after starting treatment. You should finish all prescribed antibiotics, even if you feel better before they are finished

Sore throats are common, and you've probably experienced a few. Symptoms you may have with a sore throat include:

  • painful swallowing,
  • fever,
  • headache,
  • abdominal pain,
  • nausea and vomiting,
  • swollen glands in the neck,
  • white patches of pus in the back or sides of the throat,
  • small red spots on the roof of the mouth, and
  • swelling of the uvula.

What about infants and toddlers?

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