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Symptom Checker

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

Coughs and Colds

Your sore throat may be caused by a virus, a bacterial infection, a yeast infection, or irritants (such as refluxed stomach acid). Most of the time, a sore throat does not require a doctor's evaluation. If you have symptoms that come from a common cold, then you probably do not need to visit your doctor unless you would like to receive your own doctor's advice about over-the-counter treatment options.

Do you also have a runny nose, stuffy nose, or sneezing?

Yes, this describes my symptoms.

No, just my throat is sore.

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