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Sore Throat - 9 Foods That Are Good For You!

Dr. Shilpa Ramdin (Nadem) 89% (42 ratings)
BHMS, M.Sc - Clinical Nutrition, Certificate In Sports Nutrition, DNHE
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
Sore Throat - 9 Foods That Are Good For You!

A sore throat is usually caused by a bacterial infection and it usually indicates an onset of cold. It may also indicate strained vocal chords or a strep throat. Eating proper foods can help in easing the symptoms and fight inflammation; thus providing the requisite energy to the body.

The 9 foods which help in treating a sore throat are:

1. Bananas
These foods are packed with vitamin C that allows you to recover quickly from an illness. They are also relatively soft and easier to swallow which make them a preferred food if you have a sore throat.

2. Cooked carrots
Carrots contain good amounts of vitamin A; eating them roasted or sauteed is a good way to consume the required nutrients. This vegetable also contains carotenoids in good amounts which are beneficial for the body.

3. Tea
Tea is usually preferred by people when they have a sore throat. Tea has anti-inflammatory properties which help in fighting infections in the body. Tea also helps in fighting stress and contributes to increased focus.

4. Cooked cabbage
Cabbage contains antioxidants along with sulfur, vitamin K and vitamin C which help in fighting infections in the body. It can also relieve symptoms of headache.

5. Sage
Sage is a herb that has powerful infection fighting properties. Mixing crushed sage with warm water or sprinkling it in your soup can help alleviate symptoms of cold and sore throat.

6. Honey
Honey is an effective treatment for sore throat because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties. It is recommended to take honey during a sore throat.

7. Licorice
Licorice is another remedy that can be used to treat sore throat. It has certain properties which cause a reduction in pain and help in clearing the airways.

8. Yoghurt
Yoghurt is soft which makes it easier to gulp down in case of a sore throat. You may even add some fresh fruits to the mix for taste.

9. Garlic
Garlic has strong antibacterial properties which help in easing symptoms of sore throat. You may directly chew garlic or add them to your food to gain the maximum benefits.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

 

2132 people found this helpful

Are You At Risk Of Getting A Sore Throat?

MBBS, Fellowship In FESS, MS - ENT, MS - (Oto-Rhino-Laryn)
ENT Specialist, Faridabad
Are You At Risk Of Getting A Sore Throat?

If you are experiencing pain, irritation, or itchiness in your throat, the condition is referred to as a sore throat. It is likely for you to face difficulty in swallowing food and the pain worsens when you want to swallow. The primary symptom of a sore throat is throat pain. People of all ages can get affected by a sore throat.

Causes
There are several causes of a sore throat. The most common ones are as follows:

Viral infection

  • Viral infections are the most common causes of sore throat.
  • These are the infections that are caused by a virus, like the flu or cold.
  • Measles, chicken pox, and croup are other viral infections that cause a sore throat.

Bacterial infection

Environmental factors

  • Several environmental factors also cause sore throat.
  • Exposure to pollen, mold, pet dander, and several other irritants leads to postnasal drip.
  • This causes throat pain and inflammation.
  • Exposure to dry air, and smoking cigarettes are also common causes of a sore throat.

Diagnosis

  • For the diagnosis of a sore throat, a physical examination of your throat is carried out, and your throat will be examined using a lighted instrument.
  • Doctors usually look out for inflammations and white patches that indicate strep throat. Your breathing will also be checked.
  • The back of your throat can be swabbed for examining samples in order to determine the virus.
  • Certain blood tests may also be required to be undertaken.

Treatment

  • The treatment of sore throat depends on the cause.
  • In case your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics for killing the infectious bacteria.
  • The medicines should be taken strictly according to a doctor’s prescription.
  • You should complete the course of 10 days to get effective results.
  • If you stop the treatment at an early stage on noticing improvements, a sore throat can recur soon.

There are certain simple home remedies which are effective for curing the most common forms of sore throat. They include:

  • Gargling with warm, salted water.
  • Consuming warm fluids like soup, tea, and water.
  • Having throat lozenges.
  • Reducing the inflammation using ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
  • Avoiding exposure to allergens and irritants.

In case your sore throat is caused by a viral infection, the virus should be left to run its course. During its course, you will be prescribed medicines like pain relievers and decongestants for relieving the symptoms. Antiviral drugs are also used in some cases for fighting the virus effectively.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

3528 people found this helpful

Adenoids and Endoscopic Adenoidectomy!

Dr. Sarika Verma 90% (104 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma In Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), DNB - ENT, Allergy Testing
ENT Specialist, Gurgaon
Adenoids and Endoscopic Adenoidectomy!

Adenoids are part of the ENT (ear-nose-tongue) area. They are basically lump of tissues situated at the back of the nose and higher up in the throat passage. Along with tonsils, they form a part of the lymphatic system and are also known as pharyngeal tonsils. They work in conjunction with tonsils to keep infections and viruses at bay. They also help in maintaining the body fluid balance.

Adenoids mostly occur in children. They basically start to grow from birth and can become enlarged between the ages of 5 to 7 years. They become swollen by fighting some bacteria or virus. However, by teenage years they start to shrink and completely disappears by adulthood. They do not help in fighting diseases and the body develops other ways to fight germs and bacteria.

Problems Caused by Adenoids:
Although adenoids are not harmful, they can become enlarged or swollen when fighting bacteria or viruses. In such situations, it is best to consult pediatric or ENT specialists. However, there are certain symptoms that occur in children:

  1. Breathing problems- Children may experience difficulty in breathing through the nose. Instead, they breathe through the mouth which might lead to dry mouth resulting in bad breath and cracked lips.
  2. Sleeping problems- Children having swollen adenoids having difficulty in having sound sleep. They might snore or experience sleep apnea (irregular breathing or might stop breathing for few seconds).
  3. Ear infections- Have ear infections and even develop glue ear (the ear duct is filled with fluids).
  4. Sinus problem- Your child may experience runny nose or facial pain.

Diagnosis
If your child is experiencing the above symptoms and having difficulty breathing, its best to visit an ENT specialist to get the adenoids checked out. The adenoids cannot be seen through normal eyes and has to be examined using special methods like endoscopy. An endoscope is a long flexible tube with a light, it is inserted through the mouth and the image of the inside of the mouth is seen on a screen.

Treatments for Adenoids:
Depending on the severity of the adenoids, it can be treated with nasal sprays or drops and antibiotics suggested by a doctor. If the adenoid does not shrink or the problem persists, it’s best to go for adenoidectomy.
What is Adenoidectomy? Adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of adenoids. It is generally performed by an ENT surgeon and carried out through the mouth under general anesthesia. The whole operation only requires a day. Your child is released at the end of the day.

Recovery:
After the surgical procedure, your child may experience:

  1. Sore throat
  2. Ear ache
  3. Stiff jaw
  4. Runny nose
  5. Bad breath

All of these difficulties pass away within a week or two. However, you should be careful as there is always a risk of infection after an operation. In case of excessive bleeding, known as hemorrhage, your child may need another surgery where the bleeding is stopped by cauterization.

Moreover, food and drink should be monitored carefully. As your child will have difficulty in swallowing food, it’s best to have fluids like soups or yoghurt. Remember to give them plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Adenoids are not scary diseases. So don’t be scared and give your child all the care and support when they are facing difficulty in breathing or sleeping.

Throat Infection - Common Homeopathic Remedies That Can Help!

Dr. Madhuri Bhatt 87% (54 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Ahmedabad
Throat Infection - Common Homeopathic Remedies That Can Help!

Throat infections can affect anyone. Your throat will feel swollen and sore and swallowing may become difficult. The flu and common cold flu virus can cause infections along with allergies, bacterial infections, breathing polluted air or smoking.

Conventional treatment only suppresses the symptoms; it also has side effects. Homeopathy focuses on rooting out the disease from within, instead of just concentrating on suppressing on the symptoms. All the homeopathic remedies gradually treat and cure your disease and have no side effects whatsoever.

  1. Belladonna: Belladonna is the best homeopathic remedy for throat infections. Belladonna is also good for Tonsillitis (swollen and red tonsils with white patches inside your throat) and difficulties in swallowing.
  2. Hepar Sulph: If you have a splinter-like sensation in your throat along with soreness, Hepar Sulph can be very beneficial in treating the symptoms.
  3. Phosphorus: Phosphorus is the best medicine for "clergyman's throat" (agitated tickling in your larynx when you speak).
  4. Lachesis: Difficulty in swallowing fluids when you have a sore throat is best treated with Lachesis. Chronic tonsillitis is also treated with Lachesis.
  5. Ignatia: If you feel like you have a lump in your throat and you cannot gulp food easily, Ignatia can work well.
  6. Bryonia: Bryonia is used to treat dry cough along with a sore throat.
  7. Drosera: Spasmodic, dry coughs with a sore throat are best treated with Drosera.
  8. Merc Sol: Red, swollen and sore throats are treated with Merc Sol. Throat problems that worsen with weather changes can be taken care of with this medicine.
  9. Arsenicum Album: If your common cold also gives you a sore throat, then you can opt for Arsenicum Album. This medicine is also useful if you have watery and thin nasal discharge.
  10. Aconite: Burning and a painful sore throat induced by common cold and sneezing are treated well with Aconite.
  11. Causticum: Sometimes your throat can get sore from shouting or if you talk loudly at a stretch. In such a situation, Causticum can prove to be beneficial.
  12. Argentum Metallicum: If your throat is sore and feels raw and worse after straining your voice, then Argentum Metallicum is helpful.
  13. Chamomilla: Chamomilla is mostly prescribed to children with sore throats and mucus formations in their chests.
  14. Baryta Carbonica: Enlarged tonsils, painful and sore throats in children are best treated with Baryta Carbonica.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Sore Throat - Do You Know Homeopathy Is The Best Form Of Treatment For It?

Dr. Manish Panday 87% (18 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Varanasi
Sore Throat - Do You Know Homeopathy Is The Best Form Of Treatment For It?

Homeopathy is considered to be an untested medicine for many. This is why so many patients who have a sore throat immediately turn to tablets, hot water or even syrups to relieve the pain. Different causes of a sore throat will have different remedies.

Here are the some of the homeopathic remedies for different causes of a sore throat.

  1. Belladonna: This is the best medicine when there is any difficulty swallowing. It is also very readily available.
  2. HeparSulph: Heparsulph is generally used when there is a sensation in your throat, which feels like there is some sort of splinter.
  3. Phosporus: Phosphorus is a more widely used homeopathic remedy. It is used to treat what is called as 'clergyman's' sore throat. This is when there is a tickling sensation in the larynx.
  4. Lachesis: This is also a very uncommon and rarely required medicine. However, sometimes our throat feels sore only when we take liquids. In this case, lachesis is the ideal remedy.
  5. Bryonia: Bryonia is a much more common homeopathy. It is used when there is a cough accompanying the sore throat.
  6. Merc sol: Tonsilltis is generally considered to be a condition too serious to cure with homeopathy. However, Merc sol does do this effectively. Belladonna is also pretty good at it. They also help with a sore throat.
  7. Arsenicum album: This medication is most commonly used when a sore throat is accompanied by a cold.
  8. Aconite: Aconite is considered even better than arsenicum album in treating a sore throat which is also accompanied by a cold.
  9. Capsicum: This is a great homeopathic rememdy for a pain in the throat which goes all the way to the ears.
  10. Argentium Metallicum: Argentium Metallicum is used when the soreness of your throat worsens with the use of the voice. Professional singers and public speakers are especially in need of this medicine as they frequently use their voice.
  11. Chamomilla: This remedy is especially great for helping cure sore throat in children. 
  12. Baryta Carbonicum: This is a remedy used for a very similar reason to what chamomilla is used for.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

 

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How Homeopathy Can Work Wonders For Your Kids?

Dr. Jagmati 91% (32 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
How Homeopathy Can Work Wonders For Your Kids?

Parents today, are more concerned about their child's healthy diet and hygiene compared to earlier days. They are more inclined towards quality when it comes to providing medical assistance to their children. They are also now well aware of the side effects of conventional drugs and are keen towards trying alternative treatments, which come with no side effects. 

Studies prove that conventional drugs suppress diseases and antibiotics hamper digestion. But homeopathy on the other hand, offers natural remedies, which are safe, and has long-lasting effect by boosting your body's immunity.

Below are some of the conditions, in which homeopathy works wonders with the kids:

  1. Acute conditions such as cold, flusore throat and stomach infections, etc. These conditions are self-limiting. Homeopathic remedies not only cure these acute problems, but also prevent their recurrence.
  2. Chronic diseases like eczema and allergies are cured completely and never reoccur when treated with homeopathy. In both the above cases, homeopathy works miraculously. Alongside the healing process, it boosts the child's self-defense mechanisms to fight against diseases. While antibiotics may be too harsh for the child's body, homeopathy is a safer option, since it does not have any side effects.

Homeopathy is also effective in treating colic, earache and reduces pain and discomforts. Some of the common problems of children where homeopathy works well are fever, teething, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, kidney diseases, infant colic, jaundice, eczema, convulsions, ear infectionfungal infectionswarts, thyroid problems, and other growth related problems.

Not just physical symptoms, homeopathy also treats mental and emotional disturbances:

  • You can take help of homeopathy treatment if the child is cranky or restless, and it is very beneficial even in case of hyperactive children.
  • It is also effective in increasing concentration.
  • Homeopathy works perfectly for specially challenged children as well.
  • One of the plus points with homeopathic medicine is that it is easy to administer given their light doses and consumable taste.
  • In addition, injections are not required. Furthermore, homeopathic treatment helps in all stages of childhood.

Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine. It works on improving immunity rather than only curing the disease. Thus, it is very important to complete courses in homeopathy medication. Even though handy, homeopathy does not allow self-medication. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

 

4433 people found this helpful

Follow These Steps To Prevent Yourself From Getting A Strep Throat!

Dr. Harmeet Singh Pasricha 92% (54 ratings)
DNB (ENT), MBBS, MNAMS - Otorhinolaryngology
ENT Specialist, Gurgaon
Follow These Steps To Prevent Yourself From Getting A Strep Throat!

Strep throat is a common bacterial infection mostly seen among young adults and children, caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, a group A bacteria, that leads to pain and inflammation in the throat. While some people may have mild symptoms, others may encounter more serious symptoms such as high fever and chills, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of appetite, and difficulty in swallowing food.

If you don’t treat the condition soon enough, strep throat can be really painful and troublesome. Although the ideal treatment option for this condition is antibiotic medications, research studies show that they are only effective in reducing the span of the infection by about half a day. Moreover, antibiotics have adverse side effects on your health, so it is always advisable to steer away from those heavy doses. The best way to keep yourself healthy and free from a strep throat is to prevent it from the very beginning. Here are a few steps you can follow to prevent yourself from getting a strep throat-

  1. Avoid contact- Coughing and sneezing which are the usual symptoms of a strep throat, can be contagious. The infection usually spreads from person to person so make sure you do not come in contact with the person suffering from a strep throat for at least a week or two. Also, keep your mouth covered if you ever come in contact with a sick person.
  2. Maintain good hygiene- Good hygiene is the key to a healthy body. In order to keep the infection at bay make sure you use an anti-bacterial soap or hand wash to clean your hands before and after you have your meal. If you’re traveling around then always carry a hand sanitizer.
  3. Change your diet- Include lots of fluid to your diet. Drinking lots of water and fluids will not only keep you hydrated, but will also moisten and lubricate your throat therefore reducing your chances of being affected by a strep throat. Include vitamin supplements or food that are rich in vitamins and avoid spicy or citrus food as they are likely to cause an irritable strep throat.
  4. Avoid smoking- Smoking causes irritation to the throat tissues, which in turn increases the chance of getting a strep throat. So stop smoking, and avoid coming in contact with smokers as well.

Although strep throat may not sound like a chronic illness, it can lead to serious complications if not prevented at the outset. Since there are no proven vaccines to prevent the infection, adopting these aforementioned steps can help you stay away from a strep throat. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Are You At Risk Of Getting A Sore Throat?

Dr. Geeta Kathuria 85% (10 ratings)
M.B.B.S, MS ENT, MRCS Ed ENT, Fellowship Golf
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Are You At Risk Of Getting A Sore Throat?

If you are experiencing pain, irritation, or itchiness in your throat, the condition is referred to as a sore throat. It is likely for you to face difficulty in swallowing food and the pain worsens when you want to swallow. The primary symptom of a sore throat is throat pain. People of all ages can get affected by a sore throat.

Causes
There are several causes of a sore throat. The most common ones are as follows:

Viral infection

  • Viral infections are the most common causes of sore throat.
  • These are the infections that are caused by a virus, like the flu or cold.
  • Measles, chicken pox, and croup are other viral infections that cause a sore throat.

Bacterial infection

Environmental factors

  • Several environmental factors also cause sore throat.
  • Exposure to pollen, mold, pet dander, and several other irritants leads to postnasal drip.
  • This causes throat pain and inflammation.
  • Exposure to dry air, and smoking cigarettes are also common causes of a sore throat.

Diagnosis

  • For the diagnosis of a sore throat, a physical examination of your throat is carried out, and your throat will be examined using a lighted instrument.
  • Doctors usually look out for inflammations and white patches that indicate strep throat. Your breathing will also be checked.
  • The back of your throat can be swabbed for examining samples in order to determine the virus.
  • Certain blood tests may also be required to be undertaken.

Treatment

  • The treatment of sore throat depends on the cause.
  • In case your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics for killing the infectious bacteria.
  • The medicines should be taken strictly according to a doctor’s prescription.
  • You should complete the course to get effective results.
  • If you stop the treatment at an early stage on noticing improvements, a sore throat can recur soon.

There are certain simple home remedies which are effective for curing the most common forms of sore throat. They include:

  • Gargling with warm, salted water.
  • Consuming warm fluids like soup, tea, and water.
  • Having throat lozenges.
  • Reducing the inflammation using ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
  • Avoiding exposure to allergens and irritants.

In case your sore throat is caused by a viral infection, the virus should be left to run its course. During its course, you will be prescribed medicines like pain relievers and decongestants for relieving the symptoms. Antiviral drugs are also used in some cases for fighting the virus effectively.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

4562 people found this helpful

Reasons for Sore Throat in Hindi - गले में खराश के कारण

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 89% (52 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Reasons for Sore Throat in Hindi - गले में खराश के कारण

गले के संक्रमण या खराश की समस्या से आजकल सभी परेशान हैं. जब भी आपको 38 डीग्री सेंटीग्रेट से अधिक बुखार महसूस हो, गले या गर्दन में सूजन हो, निगलने में परेशानी हो या पेट दर्द जैसी समस्या हो तो समझिए कि आपके गले में खराश है. गले में संक्रमण या खराश के कई कारण हो सकते हैं जैसे प्रदूषित हवा, बदलता मौसम, अत्यधिक ठन्डे पदार्थों का सेवन, प्रतिकूल खान-पान आदि. इसलिए ये जरुरी है कि आप अपने गले का ख्याल रखें. इसके लिए इसके कारणों को जानना आवश्यक है. आइए गले में खराश के कारणों को विस्तारपूर्वक जानें.
गले में खराश के कारण
1. सर्दी-जुकाम

गले में खराश का मुख्य कारण है सर्दी जुकाम, एलर्जी और वायरल इन्फेक्शन आदि होता है. कई बार संक्रमित गले के लिए सर्दी-जुकाम भी जिम्मेदार होता है. जब भी आपको सर्दी-जुकाम और इस तरह की समस्या उत्पन्न ह हो तो समझिए कि गले में खराश भी होगी.
2. मोनो न्यूक्लोसिस
मोनो न्युक्लोसिस एक तरह का वाइरल इन्फेक्शन है जिसमें गले में खराश उत्पन्न हो जाती है. ये वायरस लार के द्वारा फैलता है इसलिए इसको ”किसिंग डिज़ीज” भी कहा जाता है. इससे प्रभावित व्यक्ति के छींकने या खांसने से भी ये दूसरे व्यक्ति को हो सकता है. इस बीमारी के लक्षण गले में खराश के अलावा बुखार , सिरदर्द , थकान आदि हो सकते है. ये एक डेढ़ महीने में अपने आप ठीक हो जाते है. किसी भी सार्वजनिक जगहों जैसे कि स्कूल आदि में इसके होने की सम्भावना अधिक होती है.
3. मीज़ल्स के कारण
मीजल्स में आपके गले में खराश, बुखार, कफ़, लाल आँखें, मांसपेशियों में दर्द, नाक बहना और मुँह में सफ़ेद धब्बे हो सकते हैं. पूरे शरीर पर लाल लाल दाने होना इसकी विशेष पहचान है. कई लोग इसे छोटी माता भी कहते हैं. ऐसे मामलों में आपको अन्धविश्वास में न पड़कर किसी चिकित्सक से परामर्श लेना चाहिए. यह छीकने , खांसने आदि से फैलती है. इसके वायरस कई घंटे तक किसी सतह पर जीवित पड़े होते है. यहाँ से किसी दूसरे को आसानी से लग सकते है. एक दूसरे के झूठे गिलास में पानी पीने से या एक ही बर्तन में खाना खाने से दूसरे को हो सकता है.
4. विभिन्न एलर्जी
कई प्रकार के अलग-अलग एलर्जी में भी इस तरह की परेशानी देखने को मिल सकती है. इसमें आपको अचानक से बुखार आ जाना, गले में बहुत खराश, गले में सफ़ेद धब्बे, सिरदर्द, सर्दी लगना, भूख बंद होना, निगलने में परेशानी जैसी समस्याएं उत्पन्न हो सकती हैं. इससे पीड़ित व्यक्ति स्ट्रेप थ्रोट से परेशान रहता है. ये छींकने से खांसने से ये फ़ैल सकता है.
5. डिप्थीरिया
डिप्थीरिया जैसी बीमारियों के कारण भी गले में सक्रमण या खराश की परेशानी उत्पन्न हो सकती है. इसके अलावा हूपिंग कफ के कारण गले में खराश और तेज खांसी होती है जो 2 महीने तक रह सकती है. ऐसी बीमारियों से बचने का उपाय करके आप इससे निपट सकते हैं.
6. मांसपेशियों में खिंचाव
मांसपेशियों में खिंचाव के कारण भी गले में खराश या संक्रमण की समस्याएं देखी जाती हैं. जब भी आपको मांसपेशियों में खिंचाव महसूस हो तो आपको समझना चाहिए कि गले में खराश भी हो सकती है.

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Sore Throat - What Increases Your Risk?

Dr. Madhulika Sharma 88% (56 ratings)
DNB (ENT), JLN Medical college,Ajmer, Senior Residency ENT, Junior Residency in Neurology, Junior Residency in Anaesthesia
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Sore Throat - What Increases Your Risk?

If you are experiencing pain, irritation, or itchiness in your throat, the condition is referred to as a sore throat. It is likely for you to face difficulty in swallowing food and the pain worsens when you want to swallow. The primary symptom of a sore throat is throat pain. People of all ages can get affected by a sore throat.

Causes
There are several causes of a sore throat. The most common ones are as follows:

Viral infection
• Viral infections are the most common causes of sore throat.
• These are the infections that are caused by a virus, like the flu or cold.
Measles, chicken pox, and croup are other viral infections that cause a sore throat.

Bacterial infection
• Several bacterial infections also lead to a sore throat.
• They may include strep throat, diphtheria, and whooping cough.

Environmental factors
• Several environmental factors also cause sore throat.
• Exposure to pollen, mold, pet dander, and several other irritants leads to postnasal drip.
• This causes throat pain and inflammation.
• Exposure to dry air, and smoking cigarettes are also common causes of a sore throat.

Diagnosis
• For the diagnosis of a sore throat, a physical examination of your throat is carried out, and your throat will be examined using a lighted instrument.
• Doctors usually look out for inflammations and white patches that indicate strep throat. Your breathing will also be checked.
• The back of your throat can be swabbed for examining samples in order to determine the virus.
• Certain blood tests may also be required to be undertaken.

Treatment
• The treatment of sore throat depends on the cause.
• In case your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics for killing the infectious bacteria.
• The medicines should be taken strictly according to a doctor’s prescription.
• You should complete the course of 10 days to get effective results.
• If you stop the treatment at an early stage on noticing improvements, a sore throat can recur soon.

There are certain simple home remedies which are effective for curing the most common forms of sore throat. They include:
• Gargling with warm, salted water.
• Consuming warm fluids like soup, tea, and water.
• Having throat lozenges.
• Reducing the inflammation using ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
• Avoiding exposure to allergens and irritants.

In case your sore throat is caused by a viral infection, the virus should be left to run its course. During its course, you will be prescribed medicines like pain relievers and decongestants for relieving the symptoms. Antiviral drugs are also used in some cases for fighting the virus effectively.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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