– What You Need to Know

Sore throat results in scratchiness, pain, and irritation of your throat, which gets worse whenever you swallow saliva, water, or food. The usual cause behind this condition comes from viral roots, like the flu or the cold. It is also known as pharyngitis, pointing towards the inflammation of the pharynx. A sore throat which is caused because of a viral infection, gets resolved on its own.

What’s more, strep throat results due to the bacteria streptococcus. For this cause, the patient requires antibiotics to prevent further complications. Other causes of the sore throat may need some more complicated route of treatment.

The Signs and Symptoms of Sore throat

  • Scratchy or painful feeling in the throat
  • Difficulty to swallow or talk
  • Pain radiating with talking and swallowing
  • Swollen and sore glands in the jaw and the neck
  • Red tonsils
  • Pus or white colored patches
  • Muffled or a hoarse sort of voice

Infections that may cause strep throat may result in some other symptoms, which may include the following:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Sneezing
  • Body aching
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Headache

The Causes of Sore throat

Viral and bacterial infections are the primary causes of this condition.

Allergies regarding molds, pollen, dust, and dander may result in a sore throat. This issue might get more complex with a drip which might further cause inflammation in the throat.

Dry air may make your throat get all scratchy. You might breathe using your mouth due to your nose being congested chronically. This can also result in a sore and dry throat.

Also, pollution due to tobacco smoking or chemicals may cause irritation in the throat. Drinking alcohol or chewing tobacco may make your throat inflamed. Also, consuming spicy foods may irritate it as well.

You might get a strain in the muscles as you talk loudly, yell, or talk excessively for a considerable time period without giving yourself a break you need.

The Treatment Options for Sore throat

For treatment, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and antibiotics are given according to the cause and severity of the condition. If the cause is bacterial, you will need to follow the full course of antibiotics.

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, telemedicine makes it possible for you to get the care you deserve. Schedule a virtual consultation with a Telakai Health online Provider and get on the road to recovery. Schedule your visit today.