Last night (Sunday), my throat was KILLING me. I took a nighttime painkiller and it seemed to go away, but I still felt a bit feverish. Just a little. This morning, I woke up with a terrible throat ache. I took a regular painkiller, and I seem to be fine, besides this dull ache. I'm pretty sure that appeared because I'm thinking about it, though. I usually get strep about twice a year, always once. I usually have viral infections at least 2 times. I haven't had anyone see if I have white spots on my tonsils. I've also been coughing violently the past two weeks. The kind where it feels like there's gunk in your chest, and where you have to double over sometimes because it hurts so bad. I know I should go to urgent care, but the problem is, I've missed two days of school already, two being Mondays. My parents, not to mention teachers, probably think I have a thing for skipping Mondays, or I'm just a big faker. I really don't want more make up work, not to mention ticking off my mom. She only takes like one sick day, if any, a year. Needless to say, she's the "tough-it-out" kind. Do you guys think I should stay home and go to urgent care, or tough it out and see how I feel? Strange question, I know. You guys just usually give me the best advice. Thank you!