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When That Sore Throat Should Be Looked At

A sore throat can cause a one-day annoyance or be persistent enough to ring alarm bells. If you have a sore throat that’s not resolving with home care, it’s time to consider a medical evaluation to identify its underlying cause.

At More MD, John Moran, MD, and Tim Urell, DO, offer comprehensive, in-office diagnostic services for a sore throat and any other symptoms that accompany throat pain. Here, they outline some warning signs that your sore throat needs medical intervention.

Why your throat is so sore

There are a number of underlying factors that can contribute to throat soreness and irritation. Many people will develop a sore throat as the result of a cold or the flu. Other common causes of throat pain include:

More serious conditions that cause throat pain include a strep infection and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition where the acids in your stomach flow back up into your esophagus, throat, and mouth.

Pinpointing the cause of your sore throat

To better understand what might be irritating your throat, Dr. Moran and Dr. Urell take time to discuss what you were doing when your sore throat started. They also evaluate any other symptoms that can help pinpoint the root cause of your throat pain.

In addition to a visual exam of your throat, you might need to undergo a strep test that involves a swab of your throat to collect a sample of cells. The cell sample is then tested in our on-site medical lab for the bacterial infection.

You may need additional tests if you have more serious symptoms accompanying your sore throat, such as:

A lump in your neck or ear pain can point to an underlying infection or more serious health issues, like cancer or a thyroid condition.

Many of these symptoms can also relate to an allergy attack or anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can interfere with your breathing and even lead to premature death.

Once our medical team at More MD diagnoses your condition, they customize a treatment plan to relieve your pain and address its underlying cause.

Treatment options for a sore throat

If your sore throat relates to a cold or the flu, you can use self-care tips at home to feel better. This might include using throat lozenges, drinking lots of fluids, and getting plenty of rest. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also treat throat pain that interferes with your day.

When your sore throat starts because of a persistent cough, our medical team can prescribe a cough medicine to calm it. Sore throats caused by strep or another type of bacterial infection typically require a course of antibiotics.

Our Moran MD team also offers help for allergies, including on-site allergy testing and immunotherapy (allergy shots) and can help you better manage GERD.

If you have a sore throat that won’t go away or develop other unexplained symptoms, call the More MD office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

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