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Posts for: August, 2018

By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
August 21, 2018
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sore Throat  

What your ENT specialists in Highland want you to know about sore throats

sore throat

Sore throats are a common problem for people of all ages. If you are dealing with a sore throat, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Sometimes they go away on their own, but sometimes you may need a little help. That’s where your ear, nose, and throat specialist comes in. The ENT specialists at Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN, want to share the facts about sore throats and how you can get relief.

 

Many sore throats are caused by allergies, sinus infections, or an illness like the flu. In these cases, you can often find relief from simple therapies you can try at home. Remember to:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of liquids
  • Drink warm tea with honey to soothe your throat
  • Gargle with warm salt water several times during the day
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol
  • Place a humidifier in your bedroom to breathe moist, soothing air

There are other more serious causes of a sore throat, which need to be treated by your ENT specialist. These include:

  • Strep throat, caused by a bacteria (Streptococcus); this condition requires antibiotics to clear up the bacterial infection.
  • Inflamed tonsils, caused by bacteria or a virus; this condition may require antibiotics or removal of the tonsils.
  • Laryngitis, which can be caused by an infection, acid reflux, or abnormal growths on the vocal cords; it’s important to see an ENT specialist to determine what has caused your laryngitis in order to determine the best treatment.

If your sore throat is accompanied by other symptoms, you need to seek help from an ENT specialist right away. Call your ENT specialist at Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery if you experience:

  • Severe sore throat pain that lasts longer than 5 to 7 days
  • Sore throat pain without a known cause like allergies or illness
  • Joint pain, a rash, or a fever over 101 degrees
  • Difficulty breathing, swallowing or opening your mouth
  • A lump in your neck, earache, or blood in your saliva

For more detailed information about the causes and treatment of sore throats, please visit the Sore Throat page on the website at http://www.indianaent.org/library/3870/SoreThroat.html

If you are dealing with a sore throat, you can get relief! Just pick up your phone and call the ENT specialists at Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN. Call today!




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