How To Fix Your Sore Throat

by | Ask The Intern

What you need to know about your sore throat

Sore throat also known as pharyngitis can have many causes but the most common is either bacterial (like strep throat) or viral. Occasionally, sore throat is due to more uncommon reasons like heartburn for reflux.

Many times you can be treated based on you signs and symptoms and with some physical findings. If you have a good photo of your throat and answer a few questions, the cause of you sore throat can usually be determined and treatment advised.

How did I get a strep throat

People can get sick if they:

  • Breathe in those droplets
  • Touch something with droplets on it and then touch their mouth or nose
  • Drink from the same glass or eat from the same plate as a sick person
  • Touch sores on the skin caused by group A strep (impetigo)
  • Parents of school-aged children
  • Adults who are often in contact with children

Antibiotics Get You Well Fast

Doctors treat strep throat (sometimes called scarlet fever) with antibiotics. Either penicillin or amoxicillin are recommended as a first choice for people who are not allergic to penicillin. Doctors can use other antibiotics to treat scarlet fever in people who are allergic to penicillin.

Benefits of antibiotics include:

  • Decreasing how long someone is sick
  • Decreasing symptoms (feeling better)
  • Preventing the bacteria from spreading to others
  • Preventing serious complications like rheumatic fever
  • Long-term health problems are not common but can occur if not treated.


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