Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the pharynx, which is located in the back of the throat. It is more commonly referred to as “a sore throat.” It can also cause a scratchy or itchy sensation in the throat and difficulty with swallowing.

A sore throat is often caused by a viral infection, such as the common cold or flu. Regular exposure to colds and flu increases the risk of pharyngitis. This is particularly true for people who work in health care, suffer from allergies and have numerous sinus infections. Exposure to secondhand smoke can also increase your risk.

In some cases, pharyngitis requires medical attention. This is especially true when it is caused by a bacterial infection. In this case, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. It is important that you take a full course of antibiotics to prevent the infection from coming back or getting worse.

A full in-clinic assessment will guide treatment for other causes.

Contact Dr. Barbara Karin Vela if you develop Pharyngitis that does not go away after a few days. Always seek medical care right away if you have a sore throat and trouble breathing.