When to seek medical advice

Get emergency care if your child has a sore throat and also:

  • Has difficulty breathing
  • Is drooling or has difficulty swallowing
  • Cannot tolerate liquids

See your doctor as soon as possible if your child's sore throat lasts longer than one week or is accompanied by:

  • Fever of 101 F (38.3 C) or higher
  • Red, swollen tonsils
  • White patches or pus on the back of the throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm
  • Skin rash
  • Hoarse voice
  • Signs of dehydration, such as no wet diapers or urine production in eight hours, dry skin, dry mouth, or crying without tears

Sore throat

Find possible causes of sore throat based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.

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