PHARYNGITIS DUBAI | 1 June 2022
A sore throat occurs when your pharynx, the back of your throat, becomes inflamed. The common sore throat is caused by a virus – like the flu or the common cold – and usually goes away in a few days. Strep throat is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pyogenes and should be treated with antibiotics prescribed by Dr Karin Vela.
In areas where the summers are warm and winters are cold, viral sore throats usually peak in the winter and early spring, when people are mostly inside. Viruses are spread by droplets in the air from sneezes and coughs. Viral sore throats go away on their own for most healthy people.
Other causes of sore throat include:
– Acid reflux
– Allergies to mold, dust, dander, and pollen
– Dry indoor air
– Irritants like air pollution, chemicals, smoking, spicy foods, and drinking alcohol
– Muscle strain from yelling or singing loudly for extended periods
– Throat cancer
Sore throat can also be a symptom of COVID-19, but it is not as common as a fever or a cough. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have come in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, you should get tested and self-quarantine until you get the results. In adults, the most common symptom of a sore throat is throat pain. Other symptoms may include:
– Aches and pains
– Inflamed tonsils
– Runny Nose
– Swallowing difficulty
– Swollen glands