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Persistent sore throat

A sore throat that persists for several weeks can be a sign of a medical condition that needs attention

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    John — 23.02.2018 14:47
    Hello. I've been experiencing sore throat "on and off" for about a month now, but it doesn't hurt when I swallow food or drink. Moreover, it's less painful when I talk or eat. I usually fell the pain when I'm not using my mouth. Sometimes the pain can radiate through my jaw. I went to the doctor and she prescribed 1 course of antibiotic for a week, but the pain is still there.


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      Jen Tan — 23.02.2018 16:11
      Hello John. I am sorry to hear that you have been feeling unwell. You should return to your doctor with the report that your symptoms are unchanged. Antibiotics are given to treat bacterial infections and it could well be that there is another explanation for your sore throat. Tests such as a throat swab may be needed and your doctor may also recommend a referral to a specialist.


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    Tracey — 13.02.2018 20:49
    I had the flu over Christmas and ever since have had a persistent sore throat. It also hurts on both sides of my neck.


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      Jen Tan — 14.02.2018 09:09
      Hello Tracey. This could be the result of a persistent infection - either viral or bacterial. If it is the latter, antibiotics may be needed. As much as we would like to avoid the unnecessary use of this class of drugs, sometimes, it is necessary. Please see your doctor to get your symptoms checked out. If your doctor feels that the cause is viral, you could try using the A.Vogel sore throats spray containing echinacea and sage.


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      Ludwick — 22.02.2018 14:59
      Hi, I also had the flu and was off work for 2 weeks early January. Like Tracey I have a persistent sore throat/windpipe and feel that my neck glands may be enlarged, cold air exacerbates the soreness in my throat( no white spots and no temp) , it's been over a month now! No difficulty swallowing. I m a keen cyclist but scared to make it worse so still resting for now. Any advice would be appreciaced


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      Jen Tan — 23.02.2018 07:20
      Hello Ludwick. What we suggested to Tracey will probably be appropriate to your situation. As symptoms have persisted, we do need to get your throat checked out by your doctor.


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    Mark — 11.02.2018 05:10
    I’ve had a sore throat on one side of my neck for four weeks I can swallow food with no problems I’ve got no earache & can sleep normally no lumps on my neck what could it be


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      Jen Tan — 11.02.2018 09:32
      Hello Mark. The first thing I would think of will be an infection in your tonsils which are lymph glands lying at the back of your throat. However, there are other possibilities and as your symptoms have persisted, you should make an appointment to get this checked out by your doctor.


Echinaforce® Sore Throat Spray

Contains Echinaforce® and Sage. To relieve sore throats.
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