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I have had a sore throat for over a week.

I have had a sore throat for over a week, it feels like there is something in the back of my throat, it hurts when I yawn and today I noticed a moveable lump (bit bigger then a pea) in my neck. Do I need to go and see the doctor?

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The answer

A viral sore throat would be the most common cause (unless the symptoms started whilst eating fish as a bone can get stuck!) A virus usually lasts for about a week or so, and this would also explain why you have a small pea-sized lump in your neck. The lump is called a lymph gland and has grown to fight off the infection. If the sore throat and lump do not go after two weeks, you should be examined by your doctor. Very rarely a more serious cause such as cancer can be the reason.

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