It never fails. You are in the middle of holiday break and—bam—sore throat! Now that you finally have a chance to enjoy time off of school and work, you are hit with a sore throat.
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway wants to offer some insight into what causes a sore throat and when to seek medical attention. Read on as we take a look.
What Is My Sore Throat a Sign Of?
A sore throat is a common symptom for many different medical conditions, including a cold, the flu and even seasonal allergies. So, how can you tell if your sore throat is actually strep?
If you have strep throat, you will likely experience a number of other symptoms along with a sore throat. And those symptoms will likely stick around for longer, making it important to seek medical attention.
Symptoms of Strep Throat
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- High fever
When Should I See a Doctor for My Sore Throat?
If you have a high fever and a severe sore throat, it is important that you see a doctor immediately to rule out a more severe illness.
But if your throat is just sore and no fever is present, you may be able to find relief with at-home remedies.
Treatment for Sore Throat
- Add a drop of honey to tea.
- Gargle with salt water.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take an OTC pain reliever.
- Take a steam shower.
- Try throat lozenges.
- Use a humidifier.
We’re looking forward to serving the Knoxville area! Our AFC Chapman Highway location opens to the community in January.