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Throat Pain Evaluation
- Red throat
- Swollen glands in the neck
- Red, swollen tonsils
- Pus on the tonsils
- An enlarged tonsil on one side
Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of a sore throat.
Tests that may be used to evaluate a sore throat include:
A rapid strep test may be performed to detect strep throat in those with a sore throat and 2 or more of the following:
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PubMed Throat Pain References
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- Del Mar CB, Glasziou PP, Spinks AB. Antibiotics for sore throat. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;(2):CD000023. 
- McIsaac WJ, Goel V, To T, Low DE. The validity of a sore throat score in family practice. CMAJ. 2000 Oct 3;163(7):811-5.