Sore Throat Definition: a painful sensation that persists in the throat. The throat may feel like a dry, scratchy or swollen and there may be additional pain when swallowing, breathing or talking.
What are the sore throat symptoms? What if a sore throat is not just a sore throat?
To better understand the sore throat symptoms, we will go beyond the sore throat definition and consider the causes of sore throat. In addition to the sore throat causes, we will look at a simple sore throat remedy that works and other sore throat treatments. Most importantly, when to see a doctor about a sore throat and what is strep throat and how do you get it.
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Many doctors will tell you that you do not need to be seen by a doctor as soon as you get a sore throat. But, and this is very important, if the sore throat gets worse or does not go away, you need to go see a doctor. See When to See the Doctor
The sore throat is one of the easiest conditions to self diagnose. If it continues several days with out improving, if left unchecked and untreated, it can develop into rheumatic fever and or other serious conditions or complications. See Sore Throat Self Diagnosis Gone Bad
There is a simple remedy that has worked in nearly all who have tried it. It is not a home remedy. You can get it at your drug store. It is zinc lozenges. Use zinc lozenges when you feel a sore throat starting and you will never have a sore throat again. See Simple Remedy That Works
Second...sore throats are often caused by a virus. Antibiotics do not work on viruses. There are no antiviral medications that work on sore throat viruses. Sore throats often go away on their own. There are some things you can do to lessen the severity and make them go away faster or even not get them at all.
Strep throat accounts for about 5 to 10 percent of sore throats in adults and 15 to 40 percent of sore throats in children.
If you suspect you have strep or were in contact with someone who had it and now you have a severe sore throat, the doctor may be the next stop for you.
They will first do a rapid strep test. This may be followed by a strep culture. If you are found to be positive for strep throat, you will be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin. The most important concern here is to prevent rheumatic fever which can cause permanent heart valve damage.
There is much more sore throat information following.
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