Pharyngitis is inflammation of the pharynx, which is in the back of the throat. Most commonly, it is simply referred to as sore throat. The condition can be due to a viral or bacterial infection. Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, headache, cough, fatigue, fever, chills and body aches.
HOW IS PHARYNGITIS DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will check temperature and examine the throat, sinuses, ears, nose, lungs, and neck, including feeling for swollen lymph nodes that may indicate strep throat. He may take a throat culture or do a rapid strep test by taking a swab from the throat. The health care provider may also order a blood test to check for mononucleosis.
HOW IS PHARYNGITIS TREATED?
Home care can relieve symptoms in case of a viral infection. Antibiotics are given in case of bacterial infection. Maintaining proper hygiene can prevent many cases of pharyngitis.
DID YOU KNOW?
Avoid talking loud or shouting as it can cause more damage to the pharynx.