DRS Medical Associates
Primary Care Physicians located in Jersey City, NJ
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
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
- 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.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
At DRS Medical Associates, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Sharma was friendly, informative and straight forward when it came to health concerns. She took time to get all the medical history and shared a lot of knowledge."
"I have been to DRS several times and seen Dr Ritu. She is a very very good doctor who truly cares about her patients. "
"Not once did I feel rush and both doctors took their time to answer my questions. I didn't leave there thinking that they were pushing me into anything either. "
"I am so thankful for his passion and knowledge. He is officially our family doctor here in JC with a great location and hours!"
"I have been with Medical associates for the last 2 months and like them a lot. They respected my wishes and made sure I got the correct treatment."
"Our experience has been with Dr. Santos. He is a patient and kind physician who listens and provides compassionate feedback about childcare."
"Dr. Santos was great. He took the time to understand all my symptoms and any any history since I was a new patient. Did not feel rushed and felt very comfortable."
"I see Dr. Sharma and she has always been very patient in listening to my history and accurate with her diagnosis."
"Dr Sharma is really good doctor. She is thorough, very diligent, and takes her time to listen before arriving at a diagnosis. Highly recommend."
"Excellent doctors!!! Wonderful staff !!"
"The office is very clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. I did not wait at all to be seen. Highly recommend this practice!"
"Greatest service! Best docs! Dr. Ritu & Dr. Ray are extremely friendly and patience. Highly recommended"
"I had a great experience with Dr. Sharma. I did not have to wait and she was very thorough. I have now found a doctor I love!!!"
"Dr. Ray cares about giving his patients quality service and attention. Highly recommended."
"Her bedside manner is awesome. She takes the time to explain things and answer questions and not trying to rush you out like other doctors."