Severe sore throat

Patient: I don’t know if I have strep throat… If I look into my throat it looks like one side is deflated… That is the side that is causeing me discomfort. It started this morning and has gotten worse throughout the day. The only thing that seemed to help was hot coffee, and that was only for a minute or two…what could it be ?

Symptoms: Very sore throat, trouble swallowing, redness in back of throat