Red streaks in throat?

I have been sick with a cold-like thing for 9 days now. It started with sore throat and just being tired. Moved on to coughing with LOTS of mucous (ick). Still LOTS coughing with occasional fits. Still lots of mucous. Sore throat is back. Very sore. I looked at it with a flashlight and was alarmed to see bright red streaks on my throat. It is also on that things that hangs down in the back of your mouth. I have not had a fever and feel pretty fine except for the coughing and sore throat.

What is it? The red streaks are freaking me out.

Seeing a doc is not really an option until Monday. And I would really prefer to not have to see one at all. Is there any danger in waiting it out longer? I have never been sick for 9+ days before.

ETA - My throat is feeling swollen and numb. I am not having breathing troubles but it is an alarming feeling. Is this normal?!?!?! I do not recall ever having this feeling before.....
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