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When should you worry about a sore throat?
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Most sore throats are mild and get better by themselves. However, in some cases, more serious complications can develop. If you feel particularly unwell or are unable to swallow fluids (including your own saliva or spit), you should see a doctor immediately.

Here are some key warning signs that you should seek urgent medical attention for your sore throat:

  • Severe pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing saliva or water
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Chest pain, particularly when lying flat
  • A persistent fever (raised temperature)
  • Feeling very unwell, weak and/or dizzy.

If you have any of these symptoms, you may have a more serious reason for your sore throat, and you should see a doctor/attend the local emergency room as soon as possible.

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