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Does your sore throat need a throat culture?

Most likely not.  We, physicians, often check to make sure that your sore throat isn’t “strep throat.”   We specifically check for strep as there can be complications if the streptococcus isn’t treated with an antibiotic. The good news is that our rapid … Continue reading

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Do you think you need your (or your kid’s) tonsils out?

More than 530,000 tonsillectomies are performed annually on US children.  The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has provided an evidence-based (meaning there is good research) guide to identify patients who may most benefit from tonsillectomy. You may ask. . … Continue reading

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The sore-throat-should-I see-my-doctor quandary. . .

I saw a patient this morning who I diagnosed with viral pharyngitis, not (bacterial) strep throat. She said she felt embarrassed that she came in to see me. I reassured her the importance of coming in to figure out  if she has … Continue reading

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