Pharyngitis is inflammation of the pharynx, which is in the back of the throat. It’s most often referred to simply as “sore throat.” Pharyngitis can also cause scratchiness in the throat and difficulty swallowing. Symptoms of pharyngitis may include the following:
• Sore throat
• Joint pain and muscle aches
• Skin rashes
• Swollen lymph glands in the neck
HOW IS PHARYNGITIS DIAGNOSED?
An ENT would diagnose the problem by examining your throat and also checking the other related symptoms because it is often caused by measles.
HOW IS PHARYNGITIS TREATED?
Usually there is no treatment required for this problem but a dose of antibiotics is given to such patients. Usually doctors suggest home remedies here that include drinking warm fluids and soups. The doctors also advise doing gargle with hot water and using oral hygiene products like mouthwashes.
DID YOU KNOW?
Risk factors for pharyngitis include the following:
• Cold and flu seasons
• Having close contact with someone who has a sore throat or cold
• Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
• Frequent sinus infections
• Attending daycare