Sore throat? When to see the doctor
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Everyone gets a sore throat. Maybe you shouted too much at the game. Maybe you scorched it with some hot food or a hot drink.
Sometimes, though, a sore throat is a symptom of an illness.
“Other sore throats, especially those that last several days and don’t respond to simple remedies and are accompanied by fever and other symptoms, should be cause for concern.”
That kind of pharyngitis – the medical term for a sore throat – may signal a problem that may require antibiotics or other treatments. That’s for a physician or other medical practitioner to evaluate. Stroman offers one caution about antibiotics: Overusing them may add unnecessary expense and cause side effects and resistance to them.
If you have a sore throat, start with soothing liquids, lozenges and sprays. If you also have pain, mild fever and inflammation, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen if you can.
If a sore throat lasts more than a few days, or if swallowing or breathing are getting worse, or if there are other symptoms, see your doctor.
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Learn about Steven J. Stroman MD, FAAEM, FACEP, CCEMT/P