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Health Tip: Warning Signs of a Serious Sore Throat

(HealthDay News) -- A sore throat can be triggered by allergies or by something more serious, such as a bacterial or viral infection.

So how do you know when a sore throat is more serious? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these warning signs:

  • If the sore throat persists longer than a week.

  • If there are problems swallowing or breathing.

  • If there's excessive drooling among younger children.

  • If there's a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • If there are patches of pus on the back of the throat.

  • If a skin rash develops.

  • If there is blood in the phlegm or saliva.

  • If there are symptoms of dehydration, including fatigue, dry mouth, infrequent urination or no tears.

  • If there has been exposure to someone with strep throat.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 11/21/2013
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