A sore throat is characterized by pain, scratchiness and irritation that worsens when you swallow or speak. It’s often caused by a virus or bacterial infection, though it can also be a symptom of a more serious condition.
Discomfort that worsens when swallowing or talking
What Causes a Sore Throat?
Viruses, like the flu, common cold and mono
An allergic reaction and postnasal drip
Air pollution and other irritants
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
A fever higher than 101 F
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.
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