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When to Call A Doctor

Call your doctor promptly if you have a sore throat along with any of the following symptoms:

  • Painful swallowing that prevents you from drinking water or other clear fluids

  • Difficulty breathing through your mouth

  • Noisy breathing or excessive drooling

  • Fever above 101 degrees Fahrenheit

Also, call your doctor if you have any type of throat discomfort that lasts for more than two weeks.

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