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I've had a sore throat for about four days. It started very

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Hi. I've had a sore throat for about four days. It started very mild, almost not noticeable, and just gradually got worse. And then yesterday I was nauseated, and I was vomiting this morning. It's sunday so my doctor's office is closed.
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Customer: My kids had this a couple of weeks ago and they got over it within 3-4 days.
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Hello and thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well.

Your worsening sore throat and vomiting sound very much like strep throat. This is a bacterial infection caused by streptococcus that is contagious. It is very possible that you acquired it from your kids. You may also develop a fever with this type of illness and, in more severe cases, a "sandpaper"-like rash on your chest or back.

Although your doctor's office is closed today, you should definitely make an appointment to be seen tomorrow. Most doctors have a rapid test for strep in their office which can confirm the diagnosis. The infection responds well to penicillin-type antibiotics. Untreated strep infections can lead to serous illnesses such as rheumatic heart, so it is important to get treatment.

If you end up with a negative test for strep, the other possibility is a viral throat infection. One that is associated with increasingly severe symptoms is the Ebstein-Barr virus or mononucleosis. In this case, the sore throat would last longer than 5 days and be associated with fatigue, abdominal pain, and fever.

Until you are seen by your doctor, I would recommend taking ibuprofen for the throat pain and drinking plenty of clear fluids.

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask additional questions when you return online.

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Doctor: Dr. Leah, Board Certified Physician replied 1 year ago

Just following up on how you are doing. I hope you were able to get an appointment with your doctor today.

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