Sore throat: Common causes and treatment
Most people have struggled with a sore throat at some point in their life, but it’s important to know what could be causing your sore throat and how it can be treated. Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, and Dr. Theodore Kanne at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, are here to help you learn more about what could cause a sore throat and how to treat a sore throat.
Symptoms and Causes of Sore Throat
There are many different symptoms associated with a sore throat and it’s important to keep an eye out for symptoms so that you can determine what could be causing it. Some symptoms include:
• A scratchy feeling in the throat
• Burning sensation
• Raw and tender throat
• Pain when swallowing or talking
• Red tonsils or throat
• White patches on the tonsils
• Nasal congestion
• Trouble swallowing
When you identify your symptoms, it can help your doctor identify the cause of your sore throat. Some common causes are:
• A cold, flu, or viral infection
• Strep throat
• Dry air
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Other issues may be causing your sore throat, such as an injury to the throat or smoking, which is why it’s important to discuss your sore throat with your doctor so that they can determine what could be causing your pain.
Treating a Sore Throat
There are many home remedies that you can try to do to relieve irritation from a sore throat. Some things to try are:
• Gargling with a mixture of warm water and a small amount of salt.
• Drinking warm liquids to soothe the throat.
• Sucking on hard candy or a lozenge.
• Go on vocal rest until your voice feels better.
• Use a humidifier to add moisture into dry air.
If your symptoms don’t go away after a few days, it may be time to see your doctor for alternative treatments.