There are several factors that can cause a sore throat. If you've ever been to a concert or sporting event where you spent an evening or afternoon cheering on your favorite band or team, chances are that your throat felt scratchy or hurt the next day. You may have even felt hoarse or lost your voice. One of the most common causes of a sore throat is strep. If you suffer from seasonal or environmental allergies like to pollen or mold, you may also experience a scratchy or sore throat as a result. The ear, nose and throat doctors at Arizona ENT in Sun City West and Sun City, AZ, recommend scheduling an appointment if your sore throat persists for more than a few days or is accompanied by other symptoms like rash or fever.
Sore Threat Diagnosis and Treatment in Sun City West and Sun City
A sore throat can result from irritation or an infection such as strep (known as strep throat). The type of throat pain you feel and whether or not there are other symptoms generally depends on what is causing it. A sore throat can also be caused by other illnesses and upper respiratory problems such as:
- Seasonal cold or flu
- Mono (mononucleosis)
- Irritation due to excessive or prolonged coughing
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease/acid reflux)
When to See a Doctor if You Have a Sore Throat
Children and adults are advised to seek immediate medical treatment if a sore throat is accompanied by difficulty breathing or swallowing. If over the counter cold and flu or allergy medications don't offer relief after a few days, you should see a doctor. Other symptoms you should not ignore include:
- A chronic or a recurring sore throat or hoarseness/loss of voice that lasts longer than two weeks
- Coughing up blood
- High fever (over 101)
- Lumps or bumps in the throat or neck
- Joint pain
Find an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Sun City West and Sun City
For more information, contact Arizona ENT to schedule an appointment with a throat specialist by calling (623) 975-1660 for Sun City West, or (623) 972-2951 for our Sun City location.