Symptoms of headache, sore throat and swollen gums.

Patient

Q: What would cause the symptoms of a sever headache, sore neck, and swollen gums? What would this be called?

Doctor

A:   Headache, sore throat and swollen gums may be seen in pharyngitis/tonsillitis, streptococcal throat infection, infectious mononucleosis and viral flu. Usually over the counter medications like advil, warm saline gargles and rest is all that is required. If the symptoms get worse, you may need to see a doctor for a throat swab, chest x-ray and antibiotics.

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