Here We Discussed Briefly Sore Throat Treatment. A sore throat can be caused by many things, can range in severity from mild to intense and is characterized by scratchiness, pain and or irritation which worsens when you swallow. A mild sore throat can easily be soothed with easy home remedies but if it persists, then it is time to see your doctor.
For a mild sore throat, home treatments will usually do the trick. Depending on what has caused your sore throat like post nasal drip from allergies or a bad cold, a decongestant may help. For children who have even a mild sore throat, taking them to a doctor is by far the safest thing to do; you should never try to self medicate a child unless under a doctor’s orders.
For adults who are taking nonprescription medications to help soothe your sore throat, there are a few safety tips you should follow including, read the directions completely, if you are pregnant, speak with your doctor before taking any nonprescription medication, only take the recommended dosage, do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 years old unless under a doctors orders.
Allergies, smoking and a bad cold are the main causes of mild sore throats but if left untreated, a mild sore throat can turn severe. If your sore throat is caused by a viral infection like a bad cold or the flu, maybe treatable at home but a sore throat caused by a bacterial infection less common and a doctor’s visit is necessary for antibiotic medications.
Home treatments include things like a warm saltwater gargle, drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration, try using a nonprescription throat lozenges or cough drops, have a cup of warm ginger/lemon tea or using a warm or cool mist vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom at night and if you smoke, quit as this will also cause throat irritation.
If you experience any of the following symptoms during home treatment, see your doctor immediately: Your sore throat is persistent, severe pain develops, a fever and chills develops, a rash develops, body aches, headache, cough, you have difficulty breathing, you have difficulty drinking fluids, and or you see signs of dehydration. If your infant or child develops symptoms like drooling due to inability to swallow, or difficulty breathing, it is time to take him or her to the doctor.
A sore throat may also be caused by more severe conditions like mouth an or throat cancer or tonsillitis. Some of these symptoms may include but are not limited to: sore or swollen glands in your jaw or neck, white patches or pus on your tonsils, blood in saliva or phlegm, a recurring sore throat, muffled or hoarse voice, a lump in your neck, difficulty and pain when swallowing, a fever of over 101 degrees Fahrenheit persistent or worsening pain even after taking home treatments, a fever develops, you experience nausea or vomiting.
Other viral infections that may cause a sore throat include mononucleosis, croup, chickenpox, and measles. Other bacterial infections that cause a sore throat include strep throat, diphtheria, which is now a rare respiratory illness, and whooping cough, which is a highly contagious respiratory infection. A sore throat caused by allergies can be due to things like molds, pet dander, dry indoor air, dust, pollen, and both indoor and outdoor air pollution.