Why Do I Have a Sore Throat?

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You were fine the other day while jogging in Coolidge Park, but now you are feeling under the weather. It never fails—a sore throat can appear without warning and make you feel miserable.

But what is the reason? Our team at AFC Urgent Care of Chattanooga wants to help you understand what could be causing your sore throat, as well as when you should see a physician. Read on as we take a look.

Why Are You Experiencing a Sore Throat?

A sore throat is defined as a condition in which a person’s throat is scratchy, itchy or painful.  This pain may increase when swallowing.

There are many different things that can cause a sore throat.

What are the Causes of a Sore Throat?

  • Cold
  • Allergies
  • Flu
  • Strep throat
  • Sinus infection
  • Tonsillitis
  • Scarlet fever

When Should You See a Doctor for Your Sore Throat?

If you are experiencing a sore throat, but there are no other noticeable symptoms appearing, then you may find relief from at-home treatment like warm drinks, throat lozenges or over the counter pain relievers.

However, if your sore throat doesn’t improve after a few days or if you begin experiencing other symptoms in addition to your sore throat like a fever, then you should see a physician sooner rather than later.

What Are The Treatment for a Sore Throat?

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially warm fluids.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Take antibiotics if prescribed for a bacterial infection.
  • Try over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • Use throat lozenges to soothe the throat.

Have a sore throat that just won’t go away? It’s time to visit AFC Urgent Care of Chattanooga to find relief from your sore throat sooner rather than later.