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Sore throat: Causes, symptoms, and when to see a doctor

A bad sore throat is one of the most frequently reported health conditions across the globe, which may potentially suggest the presence of a contagious virus, bacteria, general allergies, or sinus infection. 

While you can usually treat your sore throat with OTC or over-the-counter medications readily available at the local pharmacy and conservative therapies, you do require to visit a sore throat doctor on certain occasions.

Some of the most common symptoms that are typically associated with a sore throat are listed below. 

  • Swelling of the glands in your neck
  • Difficulty in speaking or swallowing
  • Burning and painful sensation in the throat
  • Muffled or hoarse voice

If you suffer from a sore throat, you may wish to try the following home remedies in the first place. 

Gargling with saline, lukewarm water

  • Increasing fluid consumption
  • Drinking warm green tea mixed with honey
  • Taking OTC pain relievers 
  • Using a room humidifier while sleeping

Although the aforementioned remedial measures can prove to be partially effective in soothing the symptoms of the common cold and sore throat put together, they are likely to turn out as not being adequate in offering a comprehensive cure for your ailments. These approaches typically work only for those kinds of sore throats, which are caused by viruses your immune system is capable of subduing. However, if you happen to have throat infection from bacterial manifestation, you may require an antibiotic for eliminating the same. Common antibiotics include erythromycin or penicillin that are routinely prescribed in the event the streptococcal manifestation is clinically confirmed by your physician. 

A streptococcal infection should always be diagnosed and treated by a medical practitioner right away and if left untreated, it can continue to develop further and damage your kidneys as well as the valves of your heart. 

It can also give rise to a host of other health complications as mentioned below.

  • Scarlet fever
  • Tonsillitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Sinusitis
  • Ear infection

If you are not sure of whether or not to consult a sore throat doctor, remember to take into account the following symptoms. 

  • Trouble breathing, difficulty in speaking, swallowing, or when opening the mouth
  • If your sore throat does not get cured after five days to an entire week
  • Earache
  • Rash
  • Fever, over one hundred and one degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Inflammation of the glands in your groin, armpits, and the neck
  • Joint pain
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Blood in the phlegm or saliva
  • Stomach Pain

If you reside in or around Chicago and are experiencing any or more of the symptoms discussed before, you should seriously consider visiting Suburban wellness at Homer Glen as soon as possible. In the instance of a strep throat is medically validated, it may take you a minimum of one week to as many as ten days to completely heal the infection. The streptococcal infection might not be cured during your first-line therapy and if that does turn out to be the case, your doctor is expected to administer other antibiotics as well. 

If you are unable to take out some time for an in-person visit or do not live in or near the Will County in Illinois, you might wish to opt for a video-consultation with a physician through the advanced telemedicine services exclusively available on the PatientMD platform, a next-generation healthcare platform that aims to offer quality care within everybody’s reach and without sacrificing on affordability. Now you can not only instantly schedule online and attend an e-visit in the comfort of your home or at the workplace but also be able to explore a plethora of super-exciting deals and discounts on the PatientMD Marketplace, a subscription-based, virtual shopping arena for a myriad of useful healthcare products and services on the PatientMD ecosystem.