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I had a mild sore throat 2 days ago which was extremely bad

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I had a mild sore throat 2 days ago which was extremely bad throughout the night and this morning.
I've had a fever since yesterday afternoon which is climbing despite meds - 39.1c I have developed a productive cough today which sounds rattley
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


This is more than a normal sore throat.

Adults can get strep, and you need a rapid strep test.

In addition, with the cough, pneumonia [especially with the fever] needs to be ruled out.

Go to your doctor today.

If he will not see you, urgent care.

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