p>There are many causes of sore throat, the most common of which are colds and the flu. Other causes can include strep throat, allergies, smoking, tonsillitis, and mononucleosis. Sore throat is also called Pharyngitis.
A sore throat may be a symptom of a more serious infection or condition, such as strep throat or tonsillitis. Symptoms that commonly accompany a sore throat include:
If you have a bacterial of viral infection, if you are a smoker or suffer from allergies, you are at risk for a sore throat.
Treatment of a sore throat varies depending on the cause. If you have a bacterial infection such as strep throat, your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics. If your sore throat is caused by a virus, gargling with salt water and over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen will relive most pain and accompanying symptoms of a sore throat. If your sore throat is caused by allergies, your doctor may prescribe medicines for your allergies or recommend over-the-counter medications to help deal with your allergy triggers. In extreme cases, if you have recurring instances of sore throat from tonsillitis, you may have to have your tonsils surgically removed.
Treatment for sore throat is available now at Newport Urgent Care in Newport Beach, CA.
For more information on sore throats, see the following websites:
Medline Plus (NIH) Sore Throat Page
Throat Problems Chart from FamilyDoctor.org
FamilyDoctor.org Sore Throat Overview
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