During your recent walk in Chattanooga, did your throat start to feel scratchy? Perhaps as the day went on, you also began to experience a cough and headache.

While allergies might be the culprit, chances are that it might be something more—like acute pharyngitis.

What Is Acute Pharyngitis?

Simply put, acute pharyngitis = a sore throat. Did you know that a sore throat is one of the most common reasons for doctor’s visits in the United States?

Acute pharyngitis is described as the inflammation of the pharynx, which is located in the back of the throat. In severe cases, your throat may be so inflamed that it’s difficult to swallow.

Symptoms of Acute Pharyngitis

  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore, scratchy or dry throat

How Is Acute Pharyngitis Diagnosed?

When you visit AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga, depending on your symptoms, a physical examination, throat culture and blood tests might be used to help diagnose acute pharyngitis.

While antibiotics are commonly prescribed for the treatment of acute pharyngitis, there are things you can do at home to help find relief.

Acute Pharyngitis Treatments

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat warm broth.
  • Gargle warm salt water.
  • Use a humidifier to increase moisture in the air.
  • Get plenty of rest.

Worried you might be suffering from strep throat? With the state-of-the-art laboratory at AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga, we can test your culture the same day for a quicker diagnosis and treatment plan.