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Dry/itchy throat and lower back pain

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: August 3, 2020 5:13 AM

Anonymous 5 months

Dear Dr., I am 24 years old and since last week I suddenly have lower back pain. Plus, yesterday I started to have a dry/itchy throat. I am going to travel to East Malaysia a few days later, is it advisable for me to take the COVID-19 test?

Dr Sashini Seeni 5 months
General Practitioner

Thank you for your questions. The following answers regarding your current queries are just general descriptions due to the limited information provided by you. Click on this link (DoctorOnCall) for a private consultation with our doctors.

First and foremost, we truly understand your concerns regarding your symptoms and other health problems you might be facing. From your complaints, we believe that your condition may have multifactorial causes such as:

  • Other bacterial or viral infection
  • Pharyngitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis

Lower back pain can be caused by:

  • Sprained back muscles
  • Muscle sore
  • Spine problems- after trauma , etc.
  • Internal organ that is at the back such as kidney, ovaries,etc

For you information, WHO listed common symptoms for COVID-19 infection as follows:

  • Fever (morea than 37.5 degrees celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sorethroat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

As listed above, the symptoms are very vague and mimic other disease as well. Hence, the needs of screening test depends on your risk profile. To assess your risk, you are encouraged to answer the quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19 to evaluate your health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, you will be classified into several categories.

In order for us to provide you with an accurate choice of treatment and management, we need additional details to explore further into your current complaints. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor. You must take necessary precautionary measures by using face mask and maintaining a social distance with others. Remember to avoid touching surrounding surfaces as much as possible. You may also click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. Thank you.

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