Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Pain with swallowing can come from a problem that is not dangerous, such as acid reflux (also called gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD) or a viral infection.
It can also come from a serious problem such as a bacterial infection (including strep throat), a yeast infection of the throat or, rarely, a cancer.
If your symptoms persist more than one week, call your doctor's office for advice.
If you have a fever, if you have lost weight, or if you have a weak immune system (from HIV or another reason), call your doctor's office -- don't wait. Call now for advice and to arrange an appointment.
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