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Sore throat-Viral or bacterial? Go to GP or not?

(5 Posts)
JustAfloat Sun 12-Jan-14 16:01:10

Can you tell visually if your sore throat is viral or bacterial?

I've had a sore throat for over a week now and no hot drinks, paracetamol etc are helping it.

The back of my throat is red and very veiny (not like that usually) and I have reddy/orange spots at the back of my throat.

I also have a white coating on my tongue which isn't normally there.

Don't want to waste an appointment if its just a virus .

TIA

InPursuitOfOblivion Sun 12-Jan-14 16:25:40

always go to the doctor if you are worried.

But it does sound to me like just a nasty virus, obviously can't tell over the Internet.

Try googling cobblestonning of posterior pharynx. Might answer some questions.

InPursuitOfOblivion Sun 12-Jan-14 16:26:37

Cobblestoning even!

JustAfloat Mon 13-Jan-14 21:01:47

Sorry for the late reply Pursuit.

Went to GP today and he said it looks swollen and red but doesn't look bacterial (no pus or blood!).

He said it's a nasty virus and to go back in a weekish if I'm not better.

InPursuitOfOblivion Mon 13-Jan-14 22:04:03

I'm glad he doesn't think it's serious, but I suppose its so frustrating when you obviously feel like crap and there is basically bugger all you can do but wait it out.
Hope you feel better soon!

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