Sore throats are fairly common and can be caused by a number of conditions or environmental factors. While usually not a sign of a life threatening condition, it is important that you visit with a Provider to understand what is causing your symptoms, so you can get better, faster.
In addition to treatments recommended by a healthcare provider, try the following tips to help soothe a sore throat:
- Drink plenty of cool or warm fluids but avoid very hot drinks
- Eat cool, soft foods
- Do not smoke and stay away from smokey places
- Gargle warm, salty water
- For adults, suck lozenges, ice cubes, or hard sweets. Do not give these to children to avoid choking.
Sore throat is often a symptom of a viral or bacterial infection. It can be a symptom of:
- Colds, cough, or flu
- Tonsillitis or the inflammation of the tonsils
- Laryngitis or the inflammation of the voice box
- Glandular fever
- Strep throat or a bacterial throat infection
- Irritants, such as smoke, pollution, dry air, and allergies
- Post nasal drip – fluid running down the back of your throat, irritating it
While a sore throat may go away on its own, visit your nearest ModernMD location for immediate medical attention if:
- The symptoms are uncomfortable or severe
- You feel bumps under your jaw and on your neck
- You notice redness, pus, or spots on your throat or tongue
- It has been over a week and the symptoms do not seem to improve
- The sore throat comes and goes
If your immune system is compromised (if you are undergoing chemotherapy, or if you have HIV, or are under certain medications)
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