Sore Throat - Length Symptoms Lasted

How long did the symptoms of your sore throat (pharyngitis) last? Was there anything in particular that helped with pain/symptom relief?

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What are the symptoms of a sore throat?

Symptoms of sore throat usually include a painful burning or scratching sensation in the back of the throat, pain when swallowing, and sometimes tenderness in the neck.

Other symptoms that may accompany a sore throat include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Hoarseness or laryngitis
  • Runny nose
  • Mild fever
  • General fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Ear pain
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Comment from: libbycp, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

My sore throat symptoms progressed to include a fever that felt very high and disturbed my sleep, though I do not know exactly how high my fever got. I believe the fever was so bad because I was dehydrated. My doctor had warned me to drink plenty, but I ignored her because it hurt so bad to drink or eat. That was a bad mistake. I think I would have been in the hospital if I had not started forcing down liquids last night. It has now been about seven days since my sore throat began. I am 52 years old. I mention this because I have rarely been sick since childhood, but since turning 50, my illnesses are pretty severe. My doctor says this is normal. So I hope all those older than 50 will take special note.

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Comment from: Tom, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I got a cold that led to my sore throat, which I have had for five days now, and I still have it. I find that drinking coke soothes my throat and eating cereal helps as well. Sometimes the pain is too much to eat, but I always force myself to eat.

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