Throat Infection Treatment – Dr. Pushkar Lele
Seldom people have painful, dry, or scratchy feeling in the throat.
According to the survey Pain in the throat is one of the most common symptoms and because of it, around 13 million people visit doctors each year.
Most difficulties are affected by infections, or by environmental circumstances like dry air. Although a painful throat can be annoying, it’ll normally go away on its own.
It may trouble more when you swallow or talk. Your throat or tonsils might look red.
Sometimes, white patches of pus will form on the tonsils. These white patches are the most basic symptom for the throat caused by a virus or bacteria.
- Rinse with a blend of warm water and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of salt
- Drink warm liquids that feel peaceful to the throat, such as hot tea with honey, soup or warm water with lemon. Herbal teas are very peaceful to a throat
- Cool your throat by eating a cold treat like ice cream
- Suck on a piece of hard candy or a tablet
- Turn on a cool-mist humidifier to add mist to the air
- Rest your voice until your throat feels better
When to visit a doctor
Throats that are caused by a viral infection or bacteria usually get better on their individual in 2-7 days.
Call your doctor if you have:
- Severe painful throat
- Trouble swallowing
- Trouble breathing
- Difficulty opening mouth
- Sore joints
- A fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- Uncomfortable or stiff neck
- Blood in enzyme or phlegm
- A sore throat that lasts for more than a week
During the examination, the doctor will ask about symptoms and use a light to check the back of your throat (redness, swelling, and white spots). The doctor might also feel the sides of your neck to see if you have swollen glands.
If the doctor suspects you have a problem in your throat, he will get you a throat culture to diagnose it. He will run a swab over the back of your throat and collect a sample to test for strep throat bacteria.
Sample will be sent out to a lab. A lab test takes one or two days and definitively shows the problem.
Sometimes it needs more tests to figure out the cause. You can visit an ENT specialist or otolaryngologist.
You can take medicines to relieve the pain of a sore throat prescribed by your doctor.
See a doctor for more severe symptoms, like trouble breathing or swallowing, a high fever, or a stiff neck.