When you have pain, scratchiness or irritation in your throat, it can be a sign of an illness, but not always. A sore throat is a very common occurrence which may or may not be related to another health condition. Knowing the possible causes and when to seek treatment for your sore throat can help you stay healthy. At Rapid Healthcare, we offer same day diagnosis and sore throat treatment at our walk-in clinic in Bolingbrook, IL.
Causes of Sore Throat
A sore throat is from irritation of the tissues inside the oral cavity or esophagus. The source of irritation can be a wide variety of issues from illness and air irritants to yelling too much at an event like a concert or football game. When you have throat irritation unexpectedly, it is usually due to some type of health issue. These can include:
- Viral infections (cold, mono, measles, COVID-19, flu and other virus-related conditions)
- Strep throat or bacterial infection
- Draining sinuses
- Acid reflux or GERD
A sore throat can be the first indicator of a disease or illness that needs treatment. It is especially concerning when the sore throat is accompanied by other symptoms. If a sore throat is present with a fever, throat lump, earache, joint pain or rash, you should seek medical attention. Also, if there is difficulty swallowing, breathing or opening your mouth with a sore throat, you should seek immediate diagnosis or treatment.
Sore Throat Treatment
The treatment for a sore throat depends on the source of irritation. Most sore throat irritation by viral infections like the cold or flu will resolve on its own. Anyone who has a sore throat that lasts for more than two weeks, even without any other symptoms, should see a doctor for diagnosis. Treatments can include antibiotics, allergy medication, GERD medication or recommendation of further testing.
At Rapid Healthcare, we are available for same day appointments for patients with sore throat symptoms. We can perform an exam and testing to determine the source of the throat irritation. Contact us at our walk-in clinic in Bolingbrook, IL, if you need treatment for a sore throat.