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Sore throat for 7 days

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Could this be something more than just a cold? I've had cold symptoms, fever, muscle aches, and sore throat during this week. Now all the symptoms seem to be tapering off (no fever today, not need for a Kleenex, very little coughing) and yet my throat still hurts just as much as it did 4 days ago.

Need I remind you that the longest sore throat I've ever had has been no more than a couple days so this is really unusual.

Has anyone else had one last this long before? Could this be mono or strep throat or something? What's going on...
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replied January 25th, 2009
sore throat for 7 days
It seems the good news is your symptoms are tapering off. Seems wise to see a doctor for a throat culture to eliminate possible strep or mono or whatever as seven days is a long time for a sore throat. I have found mint tea real soothing to the throat, no spicy foods except for garlic, and gargle with salt and warm water 3x daily. Have you tried a chinese herbal formula called Yin Chiao? Wow, has this worked wonders for me and my friends over the years.
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replied January 25th, 2009
Just thought I'd update that I've been tested for strep and I don't have it. I think I'll be tested for mono tomorrow.

And I have been drinking herbal teas.
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replied January 25th, 2009
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Ask your doctor for a complete blood panel to see the condition of your immune system and blood. Might be something there.
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