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On/off sore throat and feeling of a little lump phlegm at the back of my throat when awake in the morning

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: May 23, 2020 8:15 AM

Anonymous 10 days

Sore throat comes and go

Dr Sashini Seeni 10 days
General Practitioner


Thank you for your question. I understand your concerns regarding COVID-19. For your information symptoms of COVID-19 infection and other illnesses are very similar. According to WHO, the symptoms are:

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

Based on your symptom of sorethroat, you may 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. You may be of low risk in contracting the virus if you have no recent travel history to high risk countries and close contact with positive cases of COVID-19.

Besides COVID-19 infection, your presenting symptoms can be caused by other health problems such as:

  • Other bacterial or viral infection
  • Injury to the throat due to coughing, hard or sharp food ingestion
  • Too much talking or screaming
  • Lack of water intake

We also provide home testing services, accessible through this link: COVID-19 Screening At Home and we are collaborating with Ministry of Health. So far, the only information on the screening hospitals as stated in the list from this link. You may visit the hospitals in this list for a COVID-19 screening test. (Designated Hospital for COVID-19)

You may consult a MOH doctor by clicking Ask Doctor at the Ministry of Health website (COVID-19 Portal) to ask any health issues related to COVID-19 starting from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

After 5.00 pm till 12.00 am, please direct your enquiries to our DoctorOnCall website at this link

Last Updated: Sat May 23 2020 08:15:33 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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