It’s important to know when it’s time to call our physicians about a sore throat.
Anyone who has ever experienced a sore throat knows how painful it can be. Luckily, there are home remedies such as teas and gargling with saltwater that can provide some relief until the problem goes away. However, there are situations in which a sore throat may require treatment from our Valdosta, GA, ENT doctors Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, and Dr. Theodore Kanne.
What could be causing my sore throat?
Sore throats are incredibly common. In fact, sore throats are the second most common acute infection seen by doctors. Most sore throats are caused by viral infections like the cold or flu. Other causes include:
- Strep throat (a bacterial infection)
- Glandular fever
- Smoke and other irritants
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (can cause recurring sore throats)
Can sore throats be contagious?
Yes, if your sore throat is due to a viral or bacterial infection such as strep throat then you could easily spread the infection. It’s important that you avoid being around others, that you practice handwashing and good hygiene, and you don’t share food items with others until you’ve fully recovered.
When do I need to see a doctor?
You should turn to our Valdosta, GA, ENT doctors for your sore throat if:
- Your symptoms don’t get better within a few days
- Your symptoms are severe or getting worse
- You develop joint pain
- Your sore throat keeps returning
- You develop a rash
- You have a weakened immune system
- You develop a fever over 101 degrees F that lasts more than 24 hours
- You have trouble eating or drinking because of swelling in the back of the throat
These are often signs of a bacterial infection such as strep throat, so it’s important that you are properly evaluated by a medical professional so that you can get the antibiotics you need to get rid of the infection.
Are you dealing with severe or persistent sore throats in Valdosta, GA? If so, the otolaryngologists at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia, Dr. Allen, Dr. Phillips, and Dr. Kanne, can help you get the treatment you need to ease symptoms. To schedule an appointment with us, call (229) 244-2562 today.