What Could Be Causing Your Sore Throat?
How your otolaryngologist in Norwalk, CT, can help you feel better
If you have a sore throat, you’re not alone. It’s a very common problem and it can be caused by many different things. Your treatment will depend on what is causing your sore throat. Dr. Andrew J. Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT can help you feel better.
Causes of Sore Throats
A sore throat can be caused by a virus like a cold or the flu. In many cases, the sore throat will go away when the virus does. If your sore throat lasts for more than 5 to 7 days, it’s time to see your otolaryngologist.
A bacterial infection may also cause a sore throat. One of the most common bacterial infections is strep throat, caused by the Streptococcus bacteria. Dr. Parker can do an easy test to determine if you have strep throat. If your test is positive, he will prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection and clear up your sore throat.
Tonsillitis is a common cause of sore throats in children. Tonsils can become infected and enlarged, causing breathing problems and other uncomfortable symptoms. Antibiotics, and over-the-counter pain medications and fever reducers are common treatments which help with tonsillitis. For severe cases, your otolaryngologist may recommend removing the tonsils.
Sinusitis Post-nasal drip caused by sinusitis or allergies can irritate your throat, resulting in pain and inflammation.
Injuries Have you ever developed a sore throat after a particularly exciting football game? Yelling or singing for long periods can cause a minor injury to the throat. Throat injuries may also occur if you experience neck trauma.
Don’t suffer with a sore throat when help is just a phone call away. Just pick up your phone and call Dr. Andrew J. Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT. Call (203) 866-8121 and get relief from your sore throat.