When you have a sore throat, sometimes it is difficult to determine whether it is a symptom of a more serious illness, such as strep throat. “Usually, if the sore throat is the result of just sinus drainage, it only hurts during certain times of the day,” says Janna R. Crosnoe, MD, family practice physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “You can probably take a cough drop to make it feel better.”
If you have had a sore throat for several days and it is becoming worse, however, you might consider seeing a doctor. “If you have a rash, fever or enlarged lymph nodes, you are more likely to have strep throat,” says Crosnoe. “Even if you do not have these symptoms, and the pain from the sore throat is still unrelenting, see your doctor for a strep test.”
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