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Red throat Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Red throat. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the red throat?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is there a history of recurrent red throat?

    Why: e.g. red throat may be the presentation of serious and hidden diseases such as leukemia, HIV infection and diabetes.

  3. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. erythema multiforme may be associated with herpes simplex type 1, systemic lupus erythematosus, Hodgkin's disease, myeloma and tuberculosis.

  4. Medications?

    Why: e.g. some medications are associated with erythema multiforme including barbiturates, penicillin, sulphonamides, phenothiazines and phenytoin; Stevens-Johnson syndrome may be associated with many drugs including sulfa drugs, allopurinol, phenytoin, cabamazepine, phenylbutazone and piroxicam.

  5. Immunisation history?

    Why: e.g. diptheria.

  6. Sore throat?

    Why: may suggest viral pharyngitis, bacterial tonsillitis, Epstein-Barr mononucleosis, quinsy, diphtheria.

  7. Bad breath?

    Why: suggests streptococcal bacterial tonsillitis.

  8. Pallor of the skin?

    Why: may suggest leukemia as a cause of recurrent or severe throat infections.

  9. Tiredness, weight loss, fever, night sweats?

    Why: may suggest malignancy such as leukemia which may also be associated with swollen and bleeding gums and also recurrent mouth infections.

  10. Symptoms of tonsillitis?

    Why: e.g. abrupt onset of fever, sore throat, difficulty with swallowing due to pain, malaise, white pus spots on tonsils, enlarged neck lymph nodes.

  11. Symptoms of rubella?

    Why: e.g. low grade fever, malaise, headache, red throat, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck and at the back of the neck, discrete red spotty rash which first appears on the face, neck, chest and upper arms, then the abdomen and thighs. The rash lasts 1-5 days.

  12. Symptoms of Epstein-Barr mononucleosis?

    Why: e.g. sore red throat, fever, tiredness, poor appetite, aching muscles, skin rash, enlarged tonsils, nasal quality to voice, enlarged neck lymph nodes.

  13. Symptoms of erythema multiforme?

    Why: e.g. acute eruption involving the skin and mouth mainly in children, adolescents and young adults. Lesions are raised patches of concentric rings (iris or target lesions). It may be associated with herpes simplex type 1, systemic lupus erythematosus, Hodgkin's disease, myeloma, tuberculosis and some medications.

  14. Symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome?

    Why: e.g. considered to be a severe variant of erythema multiforme. Symptoms include fever, aching muscles and joints for 1-3 days before the skin and mouth lesions appear. The lesions are raised patches of concentric rings (iris or target lesions) widely distributed on the face and trunk and also in the mouth. May then develop raised blisters and sheet like loss of skin. This is usually a response to a drug, viral infection or cancer.

  15. Symptoms of quinsy?

    Why: e.g. typical picture of tonsillitis (fever, sore throat, malaise, enlarged neck lymph nodes) followed by increasing difficulty in swallowing and lockjaw). This suggests an abscess has formed around the tonsil area.

  16. Symptoms of diphtheria?

    Why: e.g. unwell, mild-moderate fever, mild sore throat, difficulty with swallowing, skin pallor, enlarged tonsils, red throat, grey- coloured membrane covering the tonsil area, enlarged neck lymph nodes and significant swelling of the soft tissue of the neck.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Red throat:

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