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What is Pharyngitis?

Written and reviewed by
MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), Biochemistry M.D.(AM) PG (Kol)
Homeopath,  •  42 years experience
What is Pharyngitis?

What is Pharyngitis?
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.

Causes of Pharyngitis:-

There are numerous viral and bacterial agents that can cause pharyngitis. They include:

- measles
- adenovirus, which is one of the causes of the common cold
- chickenpox
- croup, which is a childhood illness distinguished by a barking cough
- whooping cough
- group a streptococcus

Viruses are the most common cause of sore throats. Pharyngitis is most commonly caused by viral infections such as the common cold, influenza, or mononucleosis. Viral infections don’t respond to antibiotics, and treatment is only necessary to help relieve symptoms.

Less commonly, pharyngitis is caused by a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections require antibiotics. The most common bacterial infection of the throat is strep throat, which is caused by group a streptococcus. Rare causes of bacterial pharyngitis include gonorrhea, chlamydia, and corynebacterium.

Frequent exposure to colds and flus can increase your risk for pharyngitis. This is especially true for people with jobs in healthcare, allergies, and frequent sinus infections. Exposure to secondhand smoke may also raise your risk.

What are the symptoms of Pharyngitis?

The incubation period is typically two to five days. Symptoms that accompany pharyngitis vary depending on the underlying condition.

In addition to a sore, dry, or scratchy throat, a cold or flu may cause:

- sneezing
- runny nose
- headache
- cough
- fatigue
- body aches
- chills
- fever (a low-grade fever with a cold and higher-grade fever with the flu)

In addition to a sore throat, the symptoms of mononucleosis include:

- swollen lymph nodes
- severe fatigue
- fever
- muscle aches
- general malaise
- loss of appetite
- rash

Strep throat, another type of pharyngitis, can also cause:

- difficulty in swallowing
- red throat with white or gray patches
- swollen lymph nodes
- fever
- chills
- loss of appetite
- nausea
- unusual taste in the mouth
- general malaise

Homoeopathic treatment-
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. Aconite:
Burning and a painful sore throat induced by common cold and sneezing.

2. Argentum metallicum:
If your throat is sore and feels raw and worse after straining your voice.

3. 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.

4. Baryta carbonica:
Enlarged tonsils, painful and sore throats in children.

5. 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.

6. Bryonia: 
Bryonia is used to treat dry cough along with a sore throat.

7. Chamomilla: 
Chamomilla is mostly prescribed to children with sore throats and mucus formations in their chests.

8. 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.

9. Drosera: 
Spasmodic, dry coughs with a sore throat.

10. Hepar sulph: 
Splinter-like sensation in your throat along with soreness.

11. Ignatia: 
If you feel like you have a lump in your throat and you cannot gulp food easily, ignatia can work well.

12. Lachesis: 
Difficulty in swallowing fluids when you have a sore throat is best treated with lachesis. Chronic tonsillitis is also treated with lachesis.

13. Merc sol: 
Red, swollen and sore throats are treated with merc sol. Throat problems that worsen with weather changes.

14. Phosphorus
Phosphorus is the best medicine for" clergyman's throat" (agitated tickling in your larynx when you speak).

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