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Recurrent Sore Throat

Recurrent sore throats can make simple tasks such as breathing and talking very difficult. Infections from bacteria or viruses are what cause this.

Main Causes

  • Viruses
  • Bacteria

Other Causes

  • Allergies
  • Irritation
  • Reflux
  • Tumors
  • HIV Infection

When to see a doctor

Seek medical attention if your condition is severe and lasts longer than 5 to 7 days.

Here are the symptoms you should look out for:

  • Severe and prolonged sore throat
  • Rash
  • Fever over 100
  • Lump in neck
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty opening mouth
  • Earache
  • Joint pain
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm
  • Frequent or recurring sore throat
  • Hoarseness lasting over two weeks

Testing Procedures

A non surgical procedure can be done in order to test for strep throat which may be a cause of symptoms. Your diagnosis will be based off of the doctors examination of your throat and the severity of the symptoms.

Treatment Options

  You can use the following remedies in order to lessen the side effects of a sore throat.

  • Increase your liquid intake
  • Warm tea with honey
  • Steamer or humidifier
  • Rinse with warm salt water several times a day (¼ tsp of salt to ½ cup of water0
  • Take over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen

Preventing sore throats

  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Avoid exposure to chemical irritants
  • Maintain good hygiene
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