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When to see a doctor for my child’s sore throat?


Whenever a sore throat is severe, persists longer than the usual five- to seven- day duration of a cold or flu, and is not associated with an avoidable allergy or irritation, you should seek medical attention. The following signs and symptoms should alert you to see your physician: -Severe and prolonged sore throat -Difficulty breathing -Difficulty swallowing -Difficulty opening the mouth -Joint pain -Earache – Rash -Fever (over 101?) -Blood in saliva or phlegm -Frequently recurring sore throat -Lump in neck -Hoarseness lasting over two weeks