How to Deal with a Sore Throat
Waking up with a sore throat can really throw a wrench into your plans for the day. Sore throats are painful, distracting, and may be the first sign of an impending cold. As it goes with all medical maladies, there’s a ton of misinformation on the subject. So, today on Healthversed, we cut through the clutter and bring you the facts!
Today, we’ll explore the symptoms and causes of sore throats and then break down a few, easy-to-follow strategies that may bring you relief. So, call in sick, grab a lozenge, and settle in for Healthversed’s exploration of the dastardly sore throat.
What is a Sore Throat?
A sore throat is a common medical condition that’s often marked by pain in the throat and often caused by cold or virus-induced inflammation.
Most sore throats are caused by viral infections (think a cold or the flu). Symptoms of this type of sore throat may include a scratchy sensation or pain in the throat that gets worse when talking or swallowing, sore or swollen glands in the jaw, a hoarse or muffled voice, and more. These infections are typically associated with runny noses and coughs.
Strep Throat and Tonsillitis
Viral sore throats aren’t the only category of sore throat, though. Strep throat shares many similarities with the common sore throat, except it’s much more serious. Strep, however, is a bacterial infection that appears on its own, without the runny nose or cough. Strep is contagious, and is contracted through contact with another strep throat sufferer.
Tonsillitis often presents symptoms similar to those of a sore throat: swelling, trouble swallowing, white spots on the tonsils. A fever (101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) is often present in the cases of both strep throat and tonsillitis. So, if you have a fever or if your sore throat has lasted longer than five days, stop reading right now and visit your doctor.
If you’ve seen a doctor or are convinced that you’re dealing with nothing other than a standard, run-of-the-mill sore throat, then get ready for some sore throat-busting strategies!