Sore ThroatWednesday, February 08, 2012
Sore throats can be painful and annoying. Fortunately, most sore throats are caused by a minor illness and go away without medical treatment. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about sore throats in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Sore throats can be caused by many things. Viruses and bacteria can cause a sore throat, and so can smoking, breathing dirty air, drinking alcohol, and hay fever and other allergies.
Tonsillitis is when your tonsils get swollen. Strep throat and tonsillitis can feel the same. Tonsillitis is usually caused by bacteria, but sometimes a virus may be the cause.
Symptoms of tonsillitis or strep throat include:
White patches in your throat or on your tonsils
Pain when you swallow
Swollen, red tonsils, and
Sore glands in your jaw and throat
If your sore throat is caused by bacteria, your doctor will probably give you an antibiotic. Sore throats caused by viruses usually just have to run their course. Most sore throats caused by a cold virus go away in about 10 days.
To ease the pain of a sore throat, try gargling with warm salt water, suck on throat lozenges, use a humidifier and drink plenty of liquids.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.