Why Am I Experiencing a Sore Throat?

Have you ever woken up in the morning with a sore throat, and you have no idea where it came from? This happens more often than you might like to admit, especially with the everyday weather changes that seem to happen in Tennessee.

One minute it is raining and the next minute the sun is shining from a bright blue sky. However, a sore throat can be more than just a weather-change symptom.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville is here to help you find answers when it comes to figuring out where your sore throat is coming from this time of year.

Is My Sore Throat a Sign of Strep?

A sore throat isn’t always a sign of strep. However, if you do have strep throat, a sore throat is definitely a well-known symptom.

If you have strep, in addition to a sore throat, you might also be experiencing a number of other symptoms, including fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, bad breath, headache, and swollen tonsils and/or lymph nodes.

Other Causes of a Sore Throat

  • Acid reflux
  • Allergies
  • Common cold
  • Flu
  • Postnasal drip
  • Tonsillitis

When Should I See a Doctor for a Sore Throat?

While there are times that a sore throat just needs some TLC, such as throat lozenges, rest and fluids (like water and hot tea), in some cases medical attention is needed.

If you have been suffering from a sore throat for a few days, or if your sore throat is now accompanied by a fever, it’s time to see a doctor for an evaluation and treatment plan.

Sore Throat Treatments

  • Antibiotics, if prescribed for a bacterial infection
  • Honey and/or lemon
  • Over-the-counter pain medications
  • Plenty of fluids
  • Rest
  • Throat lozenges

Is your sore throat still lingering after a few days with no relief? Visit AFC Urgent Care Sevierville today for an evaluation and treatment plan.