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What causes sore throat and low grade fever?

Hi. I have a somewhat involved issue, so I am sorry this will be a bit long...I went to help out tornado victims on Saturday and got a sunburn (though I used sunscreen) which gave me a headache and made my stomach off (normal problems for me after getting a sunburn on my face) so I took an 8-hr tylenol to get rid of the headache. I went home in the evening and had a stomach ache and fell asleep on the couch. When I woke up a few hours later (it was 1AM) my whole body ached with my skin hurting and my joints kind of hurt. I had a sore throat and couldn t sleep well. The next day I woke up with a sore throat which went away and I was congested (no runny nose) and my body and skin still ached. I rested all day and tried to keep myself hydrated and made sure I ate some food though I wasn t really hungry. By mid-day I had a low-grade fever of 99.8 deg F and by the end of the night it got up to 100.2 deg F. Throughout the day I took more tylenol to help with the headache and skin aches but at the end of the day I took an advil. I was able to sleep that night and when I woke up the next morning on Monday, I felt better (no fever, though I still had a slightly higher than normal temperature, slight headache and tired easily). That night I felt bad again with a stomach ache, headache, was very tired, and when I looked at my tonsils in the mirror with a flashlight, I thought I saw white spots and thought I had strep. The next morning when I woke up again, I didn t see what I thought I had seen the night previous, so I figured I didn t have strep, however my throat still hurt throughout the day and I was still tired. Now, on Wednesday my throat still really hurts and my temperature is still slightly above normal (but not a fever) and just a trace of a headache is still present. I am about to be on my period which I mention because I know that could be the cause of the headaches, and I also have hay fever which means I take medicine in 3 forms when needed (those include a pill and nose spray daily during allergy season, and eye drops when needed -- all prescription) which may or may not contribute to the fact that I haven t had a noticeably runny nose. I have, however, had an increase in phlegm and it has ranged in color from clear to a little bloody (not out of character b/c of the allergies giving me a bloody nose sometimes) to definite yellow and occasionally when it s a very large clump of phlegm that goes down my sinus to my throat it has been brownish-yellow. These symptoms don t follow my normal it s just a cold symptoms, but I didn t think they were severe enough to be considered the flu. I am 25, 5 2 and 170 lbs. Oh, I mentioned the tornado part because I was helping people sort through rubble and also at one point was in a family s sitting room helping to get rid of their moldy carpet due to rain damage from the tornado. Any ideas of what it could be??
Mon, 29 Jun 2020
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Hello,

You may be suffering from acute viral pharyngitis with myalgia. Probably you may also have post nasal drip which may lead to throat irritation. Don't use nasal spray more than a week. Drink hot water and avoid cool drinks. Use tablet levocetrizine twice a day for five days. If symptoms not improved please consult with your ENT specialist he will examine and treat you accordingly.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Penchila Prasad Kandikattu, Internal Medicine Specialist
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What causes sore throat and low grade fever?

Hello, You may be suffering from acute viral pharyngitis with myalgia. Probably you may also have post nasal drip which may lead to throat irritation. Don t use nasal spray more than a week. Drink hot water and avoid cool drinks. Use tablet levocetrizine twice a day for five days. If symptoms not improved please consult with your ENT specialist he will examine and treat you accordingly. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Penchila Prasad Kandikattu, Internal Medicine Specialist