Sore Throat

Chesapeake ERgent Care
Emergency Medicine located in Gambrills, MD

Your throat is the tube that carries food to your esophagus, and air to both your windpipe and voice box. If you experience pain, scratchiness, or irritation that causes you to have a sore throat that worsens when you swallow and lasts more than five to seven days, book an appointment: Call, use the app, or stop by Chesapeake ERgent Care in Gambrills, Maryland.

Sore Throat Q & A

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat may cause irritation, swelling, or scratchiness. There are numerous reasons why you could be suffering from a sore throat, with the most common being a cold or the flu. Other causes of a sore throat include:

  • Allergies
  • Mononucleosis
  • Smoking
  • Strep throat
  • Tonsillitis

Other symptoms that often accompany a sore throat include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting

How is a sore throat diagnosed?

It’s important to seek medical attention if your sore throat becomes severe or coincides with a fever over 101 degrees that lasts longer than a day or two. It’s also crucial if you have difficulty sleeping because of your sore throat or a red rash appears on your body.

The medical staff at Chesapeake ERgent Care gives you an examination that includes:

  • Using a lighted instrument to look at your throat, ears, and nasal passages
  • Feeling your neck and check for swollen glands
  • Listening to your breathing with a stethoscope
  • Tests for strep, flu, and mono

While you receive treatment at Chesapeake ERgent Care, they send negative results and screening for bacteria to an outside lab.

How is a sore throat treated?

Treatment for your sore throat depends on its cause. Viral infections typically last between five and seven days, and they usually don’t require medical treatment. However, to ease discomfort, there are several steps you can take including:

  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain or fever
  • Gargle with warm salt water
  • Suck on throat lozenges, hard candy, or flavored frozen desserts
  • Use a humidifier
  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep your throat lubricated and prevent dehydration.

If a bacterial infection causes your sore throat, Chesapeake ERgent Care prescribes antibiotics. It’s essential that you take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed, even if your symptoms go away.

Failure to do so often results in a worsening of the infection or having the infection spread to other parts of your body. Moreover, not completing the full course of antibiotics increases your risk of both rheumatic fever and serious kidney inflammation.

Should you require specialized care, Chesapeake ERgent Care arranges for fast follow-ups with the ENTs at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The next time you have a sore throat, call, use the app, or stop by Chesapeake ERgent Care in Gambrills, Maryland.

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