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Sore throat for over a week

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I've had a sore throat now for over a week. There is no other symptoms. No cough, and my lymph nodes do not seem swollen as far as I can tell. It just really hurts and is hard to swallow. I've been taking like 8 tylenol a day to help the pain, but it never really GOES AWAY, it just dulls down enough to be manageable. Anything less than 4 at a time does nothing though
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replied June 17th, 2009
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You're tormenting your liver taking that much tylenol.

General rule is if something persists for more than 7 days...a doctors visit would be in order.

Might I suggest an ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat specialist)...if you can't get in quick enough your PCP should work.

Have you tried to gargle with salt-water? This might help.

Best Wishes,

Zig
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replied June 17th, 2009
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I agree. Be careful with Tylenol. It can cause liver failure if you take too much. Don't exceed the recommended amount on the bottle. Check with your doctor, but ibuprofen may be safer, since it is often taken in higher doses than recommended on the bottle (but ONLY under a doctor's orders!).

I also agree that you should see a doctor. It sounds like strep to me, especially since you don't have any other cold symptoms, just a sore throat. Don't let this go because strep can spread and cause other problems.
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replied June 18th, 2009
I would've seen a doctor by now if it weren't for the no insurance factor. I really can't afford it, and it doesn't seem like strep just because no one else around me is getting any sign of a sore throat. But I do know I need to tone down the tylenol. Ibuprofen isn't such a good idea either though, because I am trying to get pregnant and I've heard that for pregnancy ibuprofen is more harmful than tylenol.
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replied January 15th, 2010
no insurance to see doctor for sore throat?
I am sorry but did you say that you are not going to the doctor because you don't have insurance but you are trying to get pregnant??? Maybe you should get a high deductible insurance (very affordable) and then focus on bringing a child into this world that the tax payers don't have to pay for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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