The last thing you want to do is start 2019 off with a sore throat. Unfortunately, sore throats are common, especially during cold and flu season.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga wants to share ways to help ease the symptoms of a sore throat so that you can continue to go through your daily routine.

What Causes a Sore Throat?

There are many different reasons why you might be suffering from a sore throat. While the cold and flu virus are the two main common reasons you might be experiencing a sore throat, strep throat is another common culprit.

Symptoms of Strep Throat

  • Bad breath
  • Chills
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Malaise
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Vomiting

Can I Relieve My Sore Throat at Home?

If your sore throat is nothing more than just a sore throat, then you might be able to find relief with home remedies. However, if your sore throat doesn’t respond to at-home treatment, seek medical attention to help uncover the underlying cause and treat it.

Sore Throat Treatment at Home

  • Echinacea/sage spray
  • Gargling with saltwater
  • Honey
  • Humidifier
  • Hydration
  • Lozenges
  • Steamy showers
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

Do you have a sore throat or something more serious like strep or the flu? Visit AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan.