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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