Sore Throat Treatment
Though a sore throat isn’t an emergency, it is a pesky problem that makes everyday things such as eating, drinking, and sleeping uncomfortable. Are you experiencing irritation, scratchiness, itchiness or pain that is making swallowing almost unbearable? While pain is the primary side effect of a sore throat, you may also be experiencing:
- Dry throat
- Swollen glands in your neck
- White spots on the tonsils
Sore Throat Causes
- Viral infection: The common cold and flu may include a sore throat. Sore throats also may occur with other types of viral infections, including mononucleosis, measles, chickenpox and croup in children. If you believe you have a sore throat due to any of these viruses, contact Midwest Express Clinic urgent care today to seek proper diagnosis and medical treatment.
- Bacterial infection: This is most common in those diagnosed with strep throat, diphtheria or whooping cough. If you experience a sore throat lasting longer than 48 hours after initial treatment, seek medical care so a rapid strep test may be performed. Sometimes a sore throat may look viral but may turn into a bacterial infection days later.
- Environmental influences: A sore throat may occur even if you do not have a viral or bacterial infection. Allergies can cause mucus to drip or accumulate in the back of your throat, causing irritation or inflammation. Dry air can make your throat feel scratchy. If you have recently been yelling or talking too much or smoking cigarettes, your throat may feel sore.
When to seek medical attention at Midwest Express Clinic
If your throat has hurt for more than one week, visit us at Midwest Express Clinic. Pay attention to whether you are experiencing the following:
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Joint pain or body aches
- A fever of 101 degrees or more
- A rash or earache
At-home remedies for a sore throat
- Gargle warm, not hot, salt water
- Stay hydrated and avoid dairy products, as they may cause mucus to worsen
- Use throat lozenges and sprays
- Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce pain, fever or inflammation