Ailment Sore Throat

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FAQ's For Sore Throat

Voice rest, staying hydrated, hot beverages, steam inhalation, saltwater gargling, and throat lozenges are all effective in curing a sore throat.

A viral sore throat infection can last between 5 to 7 days. However, having strep throat will require a patient to follow a strict regimen of antibiotics.

Sore throat can be caused by common cold, flu, measles, chickenpox, strep infection, allergies, dry air, pollution or COVID-19.

Avoid, cold drinks and smoking as they may irritate the throat. Alcohol and caffeine should also be avoided as they dry out the throat.

Voice rest, staying hydrated, hot beverages, steam inhalation, saltwater gargling, and throat lozenges are all effective in curing a sore throat.

Sore throat, or pharyngitis, is a condition which causes throat irritation or a scratchy throat which is exacerbated when a patient swallows. Viral infections like cold or flu are the most common cause of sore throat, and the issue usually goes away on its own.

Strep throat (streptococcal infection) on the other hand is a rarer form of sore throat caused by bacteria and requires antibiotics to be cured.

Sore throat stemming from a viral infection can be caused by one of the following:
Flu (influenza)
Common cold
Measles
Mononucleosis
Chickenpox
Croup (childhood illness causing a harsh cough)
COVID-19 (Sore throat is a common symptom of the coronavirus. If you are experiencing any more symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, fever, headache, diarrhoea, loss of sense of smell and taste, etc please stay indoors for a period of 14 days and contact your nearest medical facility to get tested.)

Sore throat can also be caused by a number of bacteria, the most common being streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus. Besides virus or bacteria, one can also experiences because of allergies, dry indoor air, pollution, acid reflux (GERD), muscle strain from talking for long periods of time, or less commonly HIV infection and tumors.

Symptoms of a sore throat include:
A hoarse, cracked or muffled voice
Pain while swallowing or speaking
Itchy or scratchy sensation in the throat
Discoloured phlegm
Sore or swollen glands in your neck and jaw
Red or swollen tonsils
Difficulty swallowing
White patches or pus on the tonsils

Sore throat is often accompanied by one or more of the following:
Cough
Fever
Runny nose
Stuffy nose
Body ache
Headache
Sneezing
Nausea and vomiting

Viral throat infections only last up to 7 days and hence don’t require treatment. OTC pain relievers like Tylenol aid in sore throat relief. However, strep throat infections will require prescription antibiotics which must be taken till completion.

There are a number of simple sore throat remedies and strep throat remedies effective in treating the issue such as:
Saltwater gargle
Voice rest
Warm beverages like tea, hot water with honey, etc
Humid air or steam inhalation
Throat lozenges
Drinking enough fluids and avoiding alcohol and caffeine

Herbal supplements can also offer relief from painful symptoms and boost immunity. HerbsDaily offers a wide range of herbal supplements which are efficient in sore throat treatment.

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