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Sore Throat

This article will discuss sore throat and if one needs a prescription for sore throat.

Dr. Cedric Strong
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What is a sore throat?

Sore throat or pharyngitis is a common infection of the throat, with the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the throat
  • Hoarse voice
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Cough
  • Fever

The symptoms usually subside within a week, with the cough or sore throat taking slightly longer to heal. You may also experience sore throat in case of tonsillitis, but the symptoms will be more severe. In this case, you must consult a doctor for further treatment. However, in some cases, you may get a delayed prescription for a sore throat.

Treatment

Usually, a sore throat will not require any treatment. Ensure that you keep yourself hydrated, even if it is painful to swallow. Fluids will help with the fever and headaches too. Take painkillers at regular intervals for relief from headaches as well as fever. Gargles, Lozenges and even sucking on a popsicle can help soothe a sore throat.

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Do I need to get any tests done?

Generally, sore throat does not require any tests to be done and it gets better by itself. However, if the symptoms do not get better, a throat swab may be needed to determine which germ is causing the problem. Blood tests are usually only required if glandular fever is suspected.

Do I need antibiotic medicine?

Since most cases of sore throat are caused by viruses, antibiotics are not needed. Antibiotics help kill bacteria but have no impact on viruses. Further, they also have some side effects, due to which they are avoided. See the leaflet called Why wasn’t I prescribed antibiotics? for more detail.

Additionally, some points that the doctor will consider while deciding whether to prescribe antibiotics or not are as follows, for example:

  • Presence of pus on the tonsils.
  • Absence of cough
  • High temperature
  • Tender lymph glands in the neck.

If three or more of the above symptoms are present, you may be given a “delayed prescription for sore throat”, which means that you should wait for 2-3 days and if the symptoms do not clear up, then you should start the antibiotics. Further, people with a history of heart valve issues or who have had rheumatic fever may be prescribed antibiotics for sore throats.

Possible complications

  • Ear Infections
  • Sinusitis
  • Chest Infections
  • Glandular fever
  • Peritonsillar abscess – Collection of pus next to one tonsil, making the tonsil appear swollen and swallowing painful. This needs antibiotics and may sometimes require surgery to drain the abscess.

Possible complications

An allergy such as hay fever can also cause a sore throat. In rare cases, a sore throat can be the first symptom of throat cancer.

See a doctor if symptoms of a sore throat are severe, unusual, or do not ease within 2-3 days. If you have any of the following symptoms, please visit the emergency room.

  • Difficulty in breathing, swallowing saliva or opening the mouth
  • Persistently high fever

 

 

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