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What causes sore throat and swallowing difficulty?

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Posted on Fri, 6 May 2016
Question: I have a terrible sore throat that started on the left side of my throat and now it has changed to the right side of my throat. My throat isn't red. When I swollow it feels like I have a razer blade in my throat. I was tested for strep (negative ). No fever but congested.
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
This is probably viral pharyngitis!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about this painful throat that you have reported. With a negative strep test and congestion, this is pretty typical of a viral user respiratory tract infection. Treatment is symptomatic and resolution is often complete within 7-10days. I will recommend tylenol for pains. Take 2tablets(1g) at most 4times daily to address the pains. Otherwise, there is no need for further specific management. To be very XXXXXXX no antibiotics are needed for this at this time.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.
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Brief Answer: This is probably viral pharyngitis! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about this painful throat that you have reported. With a negative strep test and congestion, this is pretty typical of a viral user respiratory tract infection. Treatment is symptomatic and resolution is often complete within 7-10days. I will recommend tylenol for pains. Take 2tablets(1g) at most 4times daily to address the pains. Otherwise, there is no need for further specific management. To be very XXXXXXX no antibiotics are needed for this at this time. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.