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Doctors and patients can work together to diagnose and treat sore throat. PlushCare makes it easy to have a video consultation with one of our doctors who can talk to you about your symptoms and prescribe you the appropriate medication. Then, simply pick up your prescription from your local pharmacy!
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The most common symptoms of a sore throat are reddening of the throat and tonsils, rash in the throat, swollen lymph nodes, hoarse voice, high fever, uncomfortable cough, respiratory difficulty, drooling, blood in phlegm or saliva, nausea, itching or burning sensation in the throat, white or gray patches of tissue in the throat, appetite loss, strange tastes in the mouth, and pain while talking or swallowing.
Most sore throats are the result of catching the cold or flu. A bacterial or viral infection in the mouth or throat can cause a sore throat including tonsillitis, strep throat, or mono. Other common causes include, smoking, intense coughing, mouth breathing at night while sleeping, pollution or breathing dirty air, allergies to pets, pollen or molds, general anesthesia from surgery.
Some easy ways you can prevent or provide relief for a sore throat include avoiding getting sick, practicing good hygiene to prevent the consumption of harmful bacteria or viruses, mixing one teaspoon of salt with one cup of warm water and gargling at the back of your mouth, setting up a dehumidifier in your bedroom, drinking plenty of liquids. These steps not only keep your throat from going dry, but also help your immune system fight underlying infections.
The most commonly used viral pharyngitis treatments are painkillers and anti-inflammatories. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin all make good choices and will lower pain. If your condition persists, then you’ll be prescribed an antibiotic and painkillers. Throat lozenges are sometimes also given, as well as soothing rubs, and cough medicine.
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