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How much phlegm is coming out?
Do you have any other symptom?
Not too much. Just a little on kleenex when I cough. Only symptoms really are cough, sore throat, hoarseness, and tender glands.
Is there any shortness of breath, fever?
I would suggest to take an examination by doctor.
There can be a bacterial infection like strep.
You can need antibiotics.
Viral one usually gets over within a week.
Two questions: 1. Isn't it unusual for a strep throat to last so long?
2. I've had this sore throat for at least two weeks. Does that mean that even with antibiotic treatment at this point I'll be at some small risk for complications like rheumatic fever, etc.?
It depends on different factors. Sometimes, immune system of the body can fight it out.
In some cases it can persist.
Early start of treatment helps to cure it. Risk of rheumatic fever is less at this age.
It is common in 5-15 years.
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