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When to Call A Doctor

Call your doctor if:

  • You have a severe sore throat, especially with fever, or have been exposed to someone with strep throat

  • You have a sore throat combined with difficulty swallowing, change in voice or swelling of the face

If you have been treated for a peritonsillar abscess, but you still have symptoms after two to three days, visit your doctor again.

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