The back of your throat feels scratchy and uncomfortable when you have a sore throat. It could hurt to swallow or speak if you have a sore throat. Numerous factors, including bacterial and viral illnesses, allergies, and sleeping with your mouth open, can result in sore throats. The majority of sore throat symptoms disappear in a few days. If your sore throat persists for more than a week, grows worse, or you experience symptoms like fever or enlarged lymph nodes, you should see a doctor.

Your throat may feel dry or scratchy at first, as if you had a sore throat. Your throat may also feel as though it is on fire. You can have a strong ache in your throat when swallowing or speaking if your sore throat worsens. You can get discomfort in your neck’s side or in your ears.

What caused your sore throat will determine how to treat it. For instance, if you have a cold and your throat is hurting as a result, your doctor may suggest over-the-counter medicine to treat both your cold symptoms and your sore throat. A medical professional may suggest medications to treat the bacterial infection if you have strep throat. Additional therapies for certain reasons might include:

Over-the-counter antihistamine medication: Postnasal drip from allergies may cause sore throats. Antihistamines may dry postnasal drip.

Over-the-counter antacids: Antacids may help with acid reflux that causes heartburn and sore throats. Other steps, like avoiding big meals right before bedtime, may help.

Perhaps a tickling in the back of your throat was the precursor to your sore throat. When you swallow or speak, the tickling aches a lot and is now a real discomfort. The majority of sore throats are caused by viral infections that will go away in a week or so. However, if a bacterial infection is the cause of your sore throat, you could require antibiotics. Fortunately, there are several natural ways to relieve sore throat discomfort. But there are times when a sore throat might be a sign of a serious medical condition.

Contact Dr. Barbara Karin Vela if you develop a sore throat that does not go away after several days or if you have a high fever, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, or a rash. Always seek medical care right away if you have Pharyngitis and trouble breathing.