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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.
Are you concerned that your sore throat could actually be tonsillitis?
Every year bouts of nasty viruses infects countless people, causing common problems like sore throats. Initially, that sore throat might not be something too disconcerting, but our New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, serving the Westport, otolaryngologist, Dr. Andrew Parker, offers up some information on the signs that could be pointing to tonsillitis.
While anyone can develop tonsillitis, this condition that results in inflammation of the tonsils is most likely to infect school-age children. Some symptoms of tonsillitis include:
- Inflamed, red tonsils
- Sore throat
- Problems swallowing
- Patches on the tonsils (they may be white or yellow in color)
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Persistent and unexplained bad breath
Children who have tonsillitis might also have increased irritability, may not have an appetite or might even drool if it’s too painful to swallow.
When is it time to visit a doctor?
It isn’t always easy to know when it’s time to visit your New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, serving the Westport, ENT doctor. Like most people, you may just wish to put it off until the last minute, but it’s a good idea to call our office and schedule an appointment for you or your child if:
- You have a sore throat that persists for more than 2 days
- If you have severe pain when swallowing
- If you are extremely fatigued or feeling weak
It’s important to seek treatment immediately if you are having trouble breathing or if you are finding it nearly impossible to swallow, or if your child is drooling.
How is tonsillitis treated?
Regardless of whether a viral or bacterial infection is to blame, there are many at-home treatments you can employ to help manage your symptoms to help you feel better fast. Rest is always key when it comes to healing. You should also make sure you stay hydrated. Opt for broths and or even ice cream to help soothe your inflamed throat. To help reduce both pain and swelling you can also choose to gargle with salt water several times a day.
If our doctors determine that a bacterial infection is the cause of your tonsillitis then we will need to prescribe antibiotics. These antibiotics are necessary for fighting the infection and all instructions should be followed exactly, even when you start to feel better.
If you are concerned that your symptoms could be that of tonsillitis then it’s important that you give Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, serving the Westport, a call today. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will find relief.
In the course of a year there are many viruses that come and go. You are exposed to them at work, through school and in general contact with others. A sore throat is one of the hardest parts of a virus to deal with. Many people simply try to ignore their sore throat and hope it will go away. This is typically not the case and you don’t want to ignore your sore throat for too long. Seeking the advice of a professional such as Dr. Andrew Parker, a Westport, Norwalk and New Canaan ear, nose and throat expert from Parker Ear, Nose & Throat can help you to learn more about why you have a sore throat and what you can do about it.
There are a few things to consider about your sore throat in deciding if you should go to a Westport, Norwalk or New Canaan ear, nose and throat professional for advice:
- If a sore throat is persistent or worsens over a short period of time
- You have redness and tightness in your throat that a drink of water doesn’t seem to relieve you
- Sore throat accompanied by white spots or marks in the throat should be seen by a doctor
- If your sore throat comes with a fever, coughing or swollen lymph glands in the neck it could be an indicator of a more serious problem and seeking medical treatment is best. In some cases, you could be facing tonsillitis or a more severe illness that require assistance to get better.
Ignoring a sore throat can make the problem worse and may even cause additional issues. While you might not want to visit a Westport, Norwalk and New Canaan ear, nose and throat expert at the first sign of a sore throat, you should be mindful of what you are feeling and keep track of the symptoms. Seeking help from Dr. Andrew Parker from Parker Ear, Nose & Throat can provide you with relief and answers to your sore throat. Call us today at 203-866-8121 to schedule an appointment with our team of experts.
Find out if your sore throat could be due to tonsillitis and what your treatment options are.
Most people can agree that a sore throat is pretty miserable. Not being able to enjoy all your favorite foods because it hurts to swallow can be a downright nuisance. Of course, you may be wondering if your symptoms could be due to an infection like strep or even tonsillitis. From the office of our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT ENT doctor, Dr. Andrew Parker, here are some of the telltale signs that you could possibly be dealing with tonsillitis.
Tonsils are the fleshy masses that are found in the back of your throat. They are designed to stop bacteria and germs from entering your body. However, they aren’t infallible and they too can fall victim to an infection. The two most common symptoms of tonsillitis include swelling of the tonsils and a sore throat. Along with these symptoms you may also experience any of these other common symptoms:
- Blisters on the throat
- Redness in the back of the throat
- Tonsils that have a white or yellow coating
- Problems swallowing
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Halitosis (bad breath)
Either bacteria or a virus is usually to blame for tonsillitis. And while this condition is usually more common in children, adults can also develop tonsillitis. Of course, in order to determine your course of treatment our ear, nose and throat specialist will need to determine the cause of your tonsillitis. One of the best ways to determine the cause of your symptoms is to take a quick swab of the throat and send it to a lab to have it tested.
If your results show that your tonsillitis is bacterial then you’ll be given a round of antibiotics to help knock out the infection. If your infection is viral antibiotics won’t be necessary, as they would work to treat tonsillitis caused by a virus. In fact, the body is pretty good at fighting off viral infections without even needing medication. Instead, we may recommend some lifestyle modifications to help speed up your recovery and promote faster healing.
If you truly have tonsillitis it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you are noticing that you experience tonsillitis several times a year then it’s especially important that you call our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT ENT office to find out if getting your tonsils removed is the next best option. Call Parker Ear Nose & Throat today.