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Symptom Checker

Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Coughs and Colds

You have identified that your most bothersome symptom is a sore throat. In very severe cases, a sore throat is accompanied by dangerous swelling of the tonsils or nearby tissue, and this can put you at risk of developing a blocked airway. In this case, you need to be evaluated urgently by a doctor.

Review the following three questions:

  • Are you drooling because you are unable to easily swallow your saliva?

  • Do you have unusually noisy breathing?

  • Do you feel like your throat is closing?

Yes, I have one or more of these symptoms.

No, I am not experiencing any of these symptoms.

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