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Symptoms

  • A painful, scratchy and irritated throat
  • Red and inflamed tonsils
  • Swollen glands
  • Discomfort that worsens when swallowing or talking
  • Hoarseness

What causes a sore throat?

  • Viruses, like the flu, common cold and mono
  • An allergic reaction and postnasal drip
  • Air pollution and other irritants
  • Muscle strain
  • GERD
  • Tumors

When to see a doctor

Most sore throats go away on their own within a few days. However, see a doctor if your discomfort lasts longer than a week and/or is associated with:

  • Difficulty swallowing, breathing and opening the mouth
  • Bloody saliva or phlegm
  • A lump in the neck
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • A fever higher than 101 F
How To Treat Sore Throats

What to expect during your appointment

When you arrive at SFENTA with a sore throat, your doctor will begin your appointment with a physical examination. This will involve viewing the throat, ears and nose with a lighted instrument, feeling the neck for swollen glands and listening to your breathing with a stethoscope. Based on the findings, your doctor may also perform a throat swab to check for streptococcal bacteria, which causes strep throat.

How will your sore throat be treated?

If your sore throat is caused by a virus, your symptoms should improve on their own within five to seven days. In this case, treatment will consist of at-home care and over-the-counter pain medications. If a bacterial infection is the cause, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.

Contact SFENTA Today

If your throat is sore, scratchy and irritated, contact SFENTA today. Our experienced ear, nose and throat specialists will identify the underlying cause of your symptoms and deliver the effective care you need.

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