Find out how to keep a sore throat away. Learn symptoms, causes, risk factors and ways to a quick recovery. If you are still suffering from acute pharyngitis here are a few things you can do.
You wake up with that familiar sickening feeling. Your throat feels dry and hurts. Even swallowing water feels like a task. You know it's the dreaded Pharyngitis or commonly called 'a sore throat'. It is caused by the inflammation of the pharynx, which is in the back of the throat. It is also characterized by scratchiness of the throat or itching.
Pharyngitis is very common and usually caused by the common cold virus. It can also be an infection by bacteria such as Streptococcus, allergens, irritants like air pollution, Gastroesophageal reflux disease etc.
Constant talking can cause muscle strain and worsen the condition.
1. What puts you at risk to Pharyngitis?
2. What are the symptoms of Pharyngitis?
It usually starts with a pain in the throat which is often a sign of the common cold. Other symptoms are scratchiness in the throat and difficulty in swallowing. It often leads to a cough or even fever. If a cough worsens leading to breathlessness or you have a high-grade fever, consult your doctor immediately.
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3. What is the diagnosis?
Depending on your conditions, the doctor would take your detailed medical history. He/she will physically examine your backend of the throat to check for signs or inflamed throat and tonsils. If required, a few tests may be advised by your doctor. The commonly ordered tests are:
4. How to keep a sore throat away?
If you are prone to frequent attacks of a sore throat, these tips would help in preventing further episodes to an extent.
5. What are some ways to a quick recovery?
A sore throat is a condition that usually takes a few days to subside. However, these techniques can aid in a quick recovery -
6. What is the medication for Pharyngitis?
Mild cases of acute pharyngitis get relieved in a weeks time with following home remedies. Your doctor may advise some medications depending on your symptoms
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7. Are there any complications that Acute Pharyngitis can lead to?
In most cases the Acute Pharyngitis is self-limiting. However in children, elderly and immune-compromised individuals it can aggravate to serious conditions. Some of the serious manifestations of a sore throat are
Article by Dr. Anchal Pandey, D.N.B (Family Medicine)
Consultant Physician, CallHealth
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