From the first signs of a sore throat, to the pain and discomfort that can come with swallowing or speaking, we’re here to help you identify your sore throat symptoms so you can find relief as soon as possible.
Sore throats most commonly signal a cold or flu is on the way, but they can also indicate more serious problems like strep throat or tonsillitis. Sore throats are characterized by pain: rawness or scratchiness in the throat, difficulty or pain in swallowing, and occasional swelling.
Sore Throat Symptoms To Take to a Clinic
If sore throat symptoms haven’t resolved within a few days, or been replaced by cold symptoms like runny nose and congestion, it may be time to visit your nearest clinic. A medical provider will be able to run an in-house lab test to determine if strep throat is present and rule out tonsillitis. Other symptoms that mean you should visit a clinic include:
- Appearance of white spots or other discoloration in mouth or throat
- Temperature at or above 101
- Swelling of the lymph nodes
- Sore throat accompanied by nausea, appetite loss, head or stomach pain
If you are unable to swallow, or experiencing severe difficulty doing so, visit the nearest clinic immediately.
Managing Sore Throat Symptoms
A viral sore throat can often be soothed by:
- Gargling with warm salt water
- Drinking hot liquids like tea (especially licorice or peppermint) or hot water with lemon and/or honey
- Staying hydrated
- Trying lozenges, sprays, over-the-counter throat remedies, or ice chips for pain relief
- Resting up and eating nourishing meals to maintain and support your immune system
If nothing seems to help the raw, scratchy feeling in your throat after 2-3 days, visit your nearest PrimaCare location to find the best solution for your sore throat symptoms, quickly.
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