Sore Throat

North City Urgent Care

Daniel Bekele, MD, AP

Urgent Care & Primary Care located in St. Louis, MO

Having a sore throat is never fun, but when it happens, there are things you can do to alleviate the irritation. If you live in St. Louis, stop by the North City Urgent Care to rule out other routine ailments, such as the flu or common cold. You don’t need an appointment, and the caring staff led by Dr. Daniel Bekele will diagnose and treat your symptoms as soon as possible. You can pre-register through the online portal for faster service.

Sore Throat

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat (pharyngitis) is pain or irritation in your throat that feels worse when swallowing food or liquids. This condition is usually associated with common viral infections, such as a cold or flu. 

What are the causes of a sore throat?

If your sore throat is not caused by a cold or flu, there could be other factors at stake. These conditions are less common, but may include:

  • Strep throat
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Chickenpox
  • Mono (mononucleosis)
  • Measles
  • Croup (a pediatric illness characterized by harsh coughing)

Allergies, irritants, dryness, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and overuse or muscle strain may also factor into a sore throat.

What are the symptoms of a sore throat?

Symptoms of a sore throat may include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain that worsens with speaking and swallowing
  • Pain or a scratchy feeling in the throat
  • A muffled or hoarse voice
  • Sore, swollen glands in the jaw or neck
  • Red, swollen tonsils
  • White patches or pus on the tonsils

If you have an infection, you may also experience more serious symptoms, such as fever, body and headaches, coughing, runny nose or sneezing, nausea, or vomiting.

How do you treat a sore throat?

When caused by a viral infection, as are most cases connected to a cold or the flu, a sore throat will eventually go away on its own, usually within a week. Over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can lessen pain and inflammation. Drinking plenty of fluids, sipping on warm liquids like hot tea or broth, and sucking on menthol lozenges can also alleviate discomfort.

When caused by a bacterial infection like strep throat, your condition is treated with antibiotics to fight the infection and prevent further health complications.

Dr. Bekele and his team perform a lab test and ask questions about your symptoms to accurately diagnose which type of sore throat you’re suffering from. Some causes of sore throats might require more complex remedies.

Dr. Bekele and his team routinely diagnose and treat sore throats. Visit North City Urgent Care today to find immediate relief.