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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have had an extremly sore throat for 7 days now. No other symptoms. I have been smoking pot for years with no other side effects. I through away my supply and pipe this morning. I'm tired of it. Could this sore throat be due to that ? Will it get better in a few days ? How long will the side efects of NOT smoking it last ? Please help. I am getting scared !
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read the query.
User :   hi
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   female 42
Doctor :   Do you have any other symptoms along with it?
Doctor :   like fever, nasal congestion,
Doctor :   headache, body aches?
User :   no except a bit of a cough I also smoke which I also want to quit
Doctor :   Ok
User :   they thyought I had strep but I have been on antibiotics for a week now, nothing
Doctor :   Do you have episodes of recurrent sorethroat in the past?
User :   no
User :   sinus infections though
Doctor :   May I know what other form of treatment apart from the antibiotics are you on for the present ailment?
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes/hypertension?
User :   I have been gargling with a mouthwash, lozinges and cloraseptic spray
User :   i have an anxiety diorder, i take adavan for
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   could it be throat cancer I know that sounds stupid but I'm scared
Doctor :   Since you do not have any other accompanying features, its unlikely to be strep infection and since the history is short, unlikely to be a cancer too.
Doctor :   There may be two possible reasons for the present condition.
Doctor :   1. A viral upper respiratory infection
Doctor :   which do not respond to antibiotics and needs only symptomatic treatments.
Doctor :   2. Symptoms secondary to psychological causes.
Doctor :   I would suggest you the following measures.
Doctor :   Are you there?
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