Your throat hurts and it feels not just scratchy, but also swollen. It feels like there's a lump in your throat and you find it difficult to swallow. If you or your child is experiencing these symptoms, you probably have a sore throat (also known as pharyngitis).1
A sore throat is commonly caused by either viral infection (such as the flu, common cold, chicken pox, measles, whooping cough, and croup) or bacterial infection (such as strep throat). Other causes can be allergies, irritation, and acid reflux.2
If your sore throat lasts longer than five to seven days, you should see your doctor.2 This article offers information about sore throats and some home remedies that may help ease your symptoms in the short term.
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REMINDER: Home remedies are NEVER a substitute for medical attention.
REMINDER: If a severe sore throat occurs frequently or lasts longer than five to seven days, make sure you contact your doctor.
You should seek medical attention for yourself or your child if the sore throat is severe, lasts longer than five to seven days, and isn't associated with allergy or irritation. Here are some signals and symptoms that will help you determine when to see your doctor:
If your doctor's exam reveals your sore throat is caused by a virus, it won't require any medical treatment, and will usually clear up in five to seven days. But, you can help relieve the discomfort of sore throat pain by trying any of the home remedies described above.
If your doctor determines that the sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection (such as strep throat), it's likely you'll receive a prescription for a round of antibiotics. Remember, you should always finish ALL the antibiotics, even if you feel better, unless instructed by your doctor to stop. The home remedies above may help relieve the discomfort caused by sore throat while the antibiotics are fighting the bacterial infection.4
Disclaimer: The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Discuss your condition with your doctor. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions.
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