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I've had a sore throat for days now. It hurts to swallow and

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Hi. I've had a sore throat for days now. It hurts to swallow and the outside hurts to touch right in the middle of my throat. It's pretty painful. When I went to the doctor he wasn't concerned said "it's going around" but days later and it's no better, been about a week. Not sure what to do here
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 months ago.

Were any investigations like blood work and throat swab done?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No none of that. He just looked at my throats and felt the outside, didn't seem concerning to him
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 months ago.

This is likely to be a bacterial infection of the throat. You would need a course of antibiotic, so you should seek an appointment with your primary care physician. The tenderness at the outside is likely due to draining lymph node which is common in these problems. The other possibilities of the diagnosis are:

1) Epstein Barr virus (EBV)-associated mononucleosis

2) Parapharyngeal space infections,

3) Peritonsillar abscess ("quinsy"), and

4) Submandibular space infection.

You would require a throat culture / swab and blood counts.

You may take Ibuprofen / Motrin and do warm saline gargles.

Vitamin C 500 mg per day would increase your body immunity and help in overcoming the infection.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thank you!
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