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How long should you wait before going to the doctor

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How long should you wait before going to the doctor when you have a cold with a sore throat?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Steve replied 9 years ago.

Hi Kim,

Here are the INDICATIONS to see an MD when you have a 'cold w/ sore throat':

  • Symptoms persist greater than 7 days
  • High fevers [>101.5] that last greater than 1 day
  • Severe difficulty swallowing
  • Hugely enlarged tonsils, or visible pus on them

Otherwise [in the absence of above], it is just a viral infection and should self-resolve within 7-8 days.

Speedy healing!

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