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swollen throat

Posted by Joe M

For the last week the right side of my throat has been sore and swollen.  Experiencing difficulty swallowing, coughing and spitting up flem.
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For most patients w/normal immune systems, eg no HIV/AIDS, cancer or taking steroids, sore throat usually caused by either virus or bacteria.  Most of time, viral sore throats are much more common.  We do worry about strep throat since it can lead to kidney problems if left alone.  We use Centor criteria to help decide which adults to screen & treat in typical emergency department setting.  Best to go see your family physician to get a better idea of which is which.
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