Sore Throat FAQ: Care for Magna / West Valley City

Sore throat can be a symptom of many illnesses. If you have a sore throat that does not improve in three days, see a doctor near you for an evaluation. Ear, nose and throat specialists at ENT Clinic of Utah routinely evaluate, diagnose and treat patients suffering from sore throat.

What can I do to get rid of a sore throat quickly?

In the meantime, you are probably eager to manage your own symptoms! Here are a few of the sore throat home remedies we recommend for our patients in Magna and West Valley City…

  • Gargle salt water (1 tsp salt, 8 oz water)
  • Use an over-the-counter spray or lozenge
  • Run a humidifier in your home/office/bedroom
  • Get more sleep than normal
  • Eat a healthy diet, avoiding fatty, spicy and acidic foods

What causes a sore throat?

Sore throat is commonly caused by viral infections (common cold, flu, etc.). These sore throat cases will resolve on their own as the viral infection is treated. Common symptoms associated with these sore throats include pain, scratchiness and irritation. Symptoms are generally worse when you swallow.

Strep throat is another common cause of sore throat. This illness is caused by bacteria, which means it may respond well to antibiotics. Sore throat caused by strep is usually more painful and persistent than sore throat caused by a cold or the flu.

Finally, tonsillitis (inflammation/infection of the tonsils) is another cause of sore throat, though much less common than strep and viral infections.

Should I see a doctor for a sore throat?

Parents are advised to take their child to the doctor if the sore throat continues to persist the morning after symptoms first appear. Adults should see a doctor for sore throat if pain and scratchiness lasts for more than week or if symptoms are causing significant difficulty in swallowing or breathing.

What sore throat treatments are available?

During your appointment at ENT Clinic of Utah, a health care provider will swab the back of the throat to get a sample, which is sent to the lab to check for strep throat. If the test comes back positive for strep throat, antibiotics may be prescribed to fight off the bacterial infection. If the text comes back negative, your ENT doctor may recommend a mild pain reliever, rest and at-home remedies.

See an ENT Near You for Sore Throat Treatment

Learn more about sore throat and your treatment options. Visit an ear, nose and throat specialist at ENT Clinic of Utah – locations in Magna and West Valley City, UT. Call 801-912-8270 to schedule an appointment.