Find out the common causes of both an acute and chronic sore throat.
Whether you just woke up with a sore throat or you’ve been dealing with one for months now, it’s important to understand the many reasons sore throats happen and when you should turn to one of our otolaryngologists Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving Broward County, for answers.
What causes an acute sore throat?
There are many reasons why a sore throat may show up; however, viral and bacterial infections are often the most common culprits. Viral infections that could cause a sore throat include the common cold, the flu, mononucleosis and measles, to name a few. There are quite a few bacterial infections that can also cause a sore throat.
However, infections aren’t always the reasons a sore throat emerges. There are several other conditions and factors that can contribute to this symptom including:
- Dry air
- Pollutants and chemicals
- Spicy foods
What causes a chronic or a persistent sore throat?
If your sore throat lasts more than a week or if you experience sore throats regularly then it’s time to consider what might be causing this issue. It could be the air quality, dry indoor air, allergies, infected tonsils, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), long-term tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, or cancer (rare). There are many factors at play here and you will want to turn to an ENT specialist to help you pinpoint the cause.
When should I see a doctor?
If your sore throat lasts longer than a week then it’s time to turn to one of our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors. In most cases, an acute sore throat will just go away over time; however, you should give us a call if your sore throat is also accompanied by a fever that’s lasted more than a day, if your sore throat is so severe that you have difficulty swallowing or breathing, or if your sore throat is accompanied by a red rash.
If you are dealing with a severe or nagging sore throat, it’s important that you are able to pinpoint the cause so that you can finally get the relief you deserve. The ENT experts at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL also serving the Hollywood area, are ready to help. Call our office today.