Sore Throat

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A sore throat is one of the most common reasons patients go to the doctor. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses the classic symptoms of sore throat and when to seek medical help.

Dr. Hill:

Sore throat is a condition marked by pain in the throat, typically caused by inflammation.

The classic symptoms of a sore throat include a burning sensation or scratchiness in the back of the throat and pain, especially when swallowing. These symptoms may be accompanied by:

Sneezing and coughing

Hoarseness

Runny nose

Mild fever, and

General fatigue

You should call your doctor if any of the following occur:

Fever higher than 101 degrees without other cold symptoms. This may indicate strep throat.

Flu-like symptoms that don't get better after a few days. This may indicate mononucleosis.

Any pain or hoarseness lasting longer than two weeks.

Your sore throat persists for more than a week and is accompanied by postnasal drip. This may be a sign of allergies.

Drooling, difficulty swallowing or breathing. This may indicate an inflamed epiglottis or an abscess in the back of the throat, conditions that require immediate medical attention.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.