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What’s Causing Your Sore Throat?

Sore Throat

A sore throat is a symptom of an illness and not an illness itself. In fact, there are many things that can cause your throat to hurt, and they can range from minor to serious. However, no matter what is causing your sore throat, the symptoms are pretty much the same. Mayo Clinic lists them as:

  • Pain or a scratchy sensation in the throat
  • Pain that worsens with swallowing or talking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sore, swollen glands in your neck or jaw
  • Swollen, red tonsils
  • White patches or pus on your tonsils
  • Hoarse or muffled voice

Mayo Clinic also explains that it is common to experience the following alongside your sore throat:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting

Many times, a sore throat is caused by a virus, allergy or irritant and the reaction will run its course … eventually. But, if you are experiencing any of the below, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, it’s time to seek medical help:

  • A sore throat that is severe or lasts longer than a week
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Joint pain
  • Earache
  • Rash
  • Fever higher than 101 F (38.3 C)
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm
  • Frequently recurring sore throats
  • A lump in your neck
  • Hoarseness lasting more than two weeks

At Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat, we specialize in treating laryngology, the branch of medicine that deals with the throat, head and neck. Our physicians, experts in their fields, take a patient-centered approach to treating whatever it is that is causing your sore throat. Call us today and schedule an appointment to find out how we can relieve your suffering.

When you come in, our doctors will take the time to put your anxieties to rest and answer all your questions. We will perform thorough testing, carefully explain our findings and possible options, and then develop an individualized plan that addresses your specific needs.

Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat has the expertise and up-to-date technology to effectively treat any of the following disorders that can result in a persistent sore throat:

So, if you are suffering from a persistent sore throat, it’s time to do something about it because even if the pain is caused by something minor, it greatly affects your quality of life. And you deserve to live pain-free. Schedule an appointment in one of our three conveniently-located offices by calling (888) 230-3715.

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