A Guide to Sore Throats: Causes, Symptoms, and Cures

A Guide to Sore Throats: Causes, Symptoms, and Cures

 A sore throat is something most of us have experienced at least once, over the course of our lives. Sore throats, along with tummy aches and headaches, are one of the most common health-related complaints. Not all are created equal and there are various types of sore throats and can caused by many different factors. Depending on symptoms and level of discomfort, a sore throat can either be self treated or it may be time to seek professional help.

Causes of Sore Throats

Viral or bacterial infection are causes of Sore throat. They are caused by virus resolve on their own and no medication or professional treatment is necessary unless symptoms persist. Bacterial infections, however, do require an antibiotic prescribed by a health professional. Other types may be caused by complex illnesses. If symptoms persist for a long period, it’s best to consult physician.

Sore throats symptoms

Symptoms of sore throats difficulty swallowing, a hoarse voice, swollen glands in your neck, pain in the throat, or a scratchy throat. If the sore throat is part of a larger illness, other symptoms such as fever, nausea, or body aches may occur. Extremely severe symptoms that require professional medical attention immediately include difficulty breathing, unusual drooling, or if you see blood or phlegm in your saliva.

Sore throat treatment

Tylenol or other pain relievers may be taken to soothe the viral infection related sore throats. A lot of patients also prefer taking warm tea infused with honey to alleviate the pain. For bacteria related, an antibiotic will be prescribed and the patient will have to follow the instructions, It is imperative that the patient takes and finishes the entire prescribed bottle of medicine even if the symptoms or pain goes away sooner. This is because some bacteria may still remain and they might become immune to the antibiotic since they’ve already been exposed to it. Other home remedies include getting plenty of rest, gargling salt water, drinking lots of fluids, or using throat lozenges.

To prevent this, we recommend washing your hands thoroughly, cleaning phones and screens handled by many people, and avoiding closeness with sick people. If you yourself have the common cold or flu, be sure to cough and sneeze into a tissue. Sanitize your hands to avoid spreading germs.

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Author: Ahaana Sahay