HealthyLife® Students' Self-Care Guide
Section I–Common Health Problems
Sore throats are common complaints of college students. The soreness can range from a mere scratch to severe pain.
Signs & Symptoms
You may have other symptoms with the sore throat, too. These include: Fatigue, fever, postnasal drip, bad breath, headache, and/or earache.
If an infection is suspected, your health care provider may take a throat culture. If streptococcus or any other type of bacteria is present, he or she may prescribe an antibiotic. Be sure you take all of the antibiotic, even if you are feeling better. If strep throat is inadequately treated, other conditions, such as rheumatic fever can occur.
Questions to Ask
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March 21, 2007