Sore Throat

Sore Throat Specialist
A mild sore throat usually heals on its own. But if you have an extremely painful sore throat or one that’s accompanied by a fever you should visit to a doctor to ensure it’s not something serious. At DRS Medical Associates, Dr. Ray Santos and Dr. Ritu Sharma specializes in pediatrics, internal medicine and primary care for people living in the Jersey City, New Jersey area, suffering from a sore throat due to a cold, strep, or another illness.

Sore Throat Q & A

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When is a sore throat serious enough to see a doctor?

If your child is complaining of a sore throat and has difficulty breathing or swallowing, seek immediate care from DRS Medical Associates. A child that can’t talk yet, but is drooling unusually, may also be having difficulty swallowing and should be checked.

Adults with a sore throat that lasts longer than a week should visit Dr. Santos and Dr. Sharma. Other signs that your sore throat might be more than the consequence of the common cold:

  • Pain when swallowing and opening your mouth
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Earache
  • Rash
  • High fever: Greater than 101 F
  • Hoarseness lasting more than 2 weeks, or a sore throat lasting longer than a week
  • Blood-tinged saliva

What causes a sore throat?

A sore throat often occurs due to minor viral infections, such as the common cold, but it could also indicate a more serious virus, including the flu or mononucleosis. In children, measles, chickenpox, or croup — which is usually accompanied by a barking cough — may also be to blame.

Group A streptococcus, known as strep throat, is a common bacterial infection that causes a sore throat. Symptoms include a severe sore throat and fever. Strep throat is quite contagious, but easily is resolved with antibiotics.

Allergies, dryness, irritants, and muscle strain (from yelling) are benign causes of a sore throat that should resolve on their own.

What will a sore throat exam involve?

The doctor will review your symptoms and check your vitals, particularly your temperature. You’ll have a swab of your throat if strep is suspected and an in-house test can quickly reveal whether you need antibiotics due to a bacterial infection.

How will the doctor treat a sore throat?

If your sore throat is a result of a viral infection like the flu, it should resolve in five to seven days. Over-the-counter medications can relieve pain temporarily. Children can get relief from children’s versions of these mediations.

Antibiotics treat a bacterial infection, such as strep. You’ll likely feel relief after a day or two on the medication, but take the entire course to completely wipe out the infection.

If your sore throat is a symptom of another condition, such as acid reflux or allergies, talk to the doctors about treatment for this source of the issue.

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