Posts for tag: Sore Throat
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.
Looking for relief from your sore, aching throat? Find out what you can do to alleviate your discomfort.
A sore throat is a miserable feeling. Now your morning cup of Joe is replaced with a soothing, throat-coating tea. You may find it challenging to eat anything without the painful swallowing. Having a sore throat is no fun, but our Pembroke Pines, FL otolaryngologists, Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi, knows what to do to help relieve your sore throat. Discover the most common causes of a sore throat and how to treat it.
What causes a sore throat?
Usually when you get a sore throat it’s a warning sign of an impeding illness. When a sore throat presents along with symptoms of a cold then the cause is a virus, which will usually just go away once the body fights off the infection.
However, many people will also experience a sore throat due to a bacterial infection. This kind of infection is better known as strep throat and it will actually require medication from our Pembroke Pines ENT doctors.
Other causes of sore throats include dry air and allergies.
How to treat a sore throat?
If your sore throat is the result of a cold or flu then usually no medical intervention is necessary. If a sore throat is due to strep throat then we will prescribe you antibiotics to help kill the infection.
But there are ways for you to manage your symptoms from the comfort of your own home. We recommend drinking plenty of fluids and resting as much as possible. Avoid physical or strenuous activities and give your body time to heal properly. Opt for soothing warm soups and drinks, or enjoying a little ice cream may help to numb and ease throat discomfort (plus, who doesn’t like having an excuse to enjoy ice cream?).
Other sore throat relievers include:
- Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen
- Throat lozenges
- Avoiding smoking
- Using a humidier
- Gargling with salt water
- Trying some raw honey before bed
Sometimes your sore throat might warrant a trip to our Pembroke Pines, FL ear, nose and throat office. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and schedule your next appointment at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy.
A sore throat is mostly an annoyance at first, but when it is severe it can disrupt your life, making it difficult to eat, talk and sleep. It is a condition that often brings patients to the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Pembroke Pines during the cold season. Here are a few tips for how to prevent sore throats this winter.
What Causes a Sore Throat?
The usual cause of a sore throat is some type of an infection that’s trying to take root. When it is due to a cold or flu virus, it’s usually accompanied by other symptoms, like continual sneezing, coughing and runny nose. Sore throats may also be caused by strep—it is a bacterial infection that causes patches to develop on your tonsils and lymph nodes. Strep throat is most common in young children, but it can happen in adults. A store throat can also develop over time due to acid reflux or some type of allergic reaction.
Sore Throat Prevention
Many patients experience sore throats in the wintertime because the cold weather makes them more vulnerable to viral infections. Here are some suggestions that will help you prevent getting a sore throat:
- Cover your neck and head completely when going outside in cold weather.
- Avoid people who already have a sore throat or cold and flu symptoms.
- Be meticulous about hand washing and sanitizing your things (laptops, remote controls and cellphones).
- Limit your use of public phones and avoid drinking behind other people (including children) who may have a cold.
- If the sore throat is due to an allergy, talk to your Pembroke Pines ENT to identify the source of the allergic reaction.
Sore Throat Treatments
In some cases, you can ease the discomfort of a sore throat by drinking a hot cup of tea with fresh lemon and honey, and with bed rest. But if that doesn’t work after three days, it may be time to see your Pembroke Pines doctor for a checkup before it gets worse. Your doctor can take a closer look at the problem to see if there is inflammation or an infection that could get worse. If you have a fever that lasts for more than two days, you should call for an urgent appointment.
Schedule a Checkup
If you haven’t been to the doctor in a while and have been dealing with a sore throat and similar symptoms of a winter cold, it may be time to see your doctor. Call the Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL today at (954) 438-7171 to schedule an upcoming visit.