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Sore Throat Treatment

A sore throat occurs when you feel irritation, scratchiness, or pain in your throat, especially when swallowing. The common causes of a sore throat include viral infection from the cold or flu or bacterial infection from strep throat. Strep throat is less common than viral infection and requires antibiotic medication to treat and to prevent further complications.

With GuruMD, you can speak with a board-certified professional online or at our walk-in clinic to determine the cause and develop a treatment plan. Here’s what you should know about having a sore throat.

What Is a Sore Throat?

A sore throat is a type of symptom that often occurs alongside a cold from a viral infection. Usually, a viral infection would get better or go away after a couple of days. A sore throat from a cold is often accompanied by other symptoms, like a runny nose or congestion. 

However, a sore throat from strep throat is caused by a bacterial infection. This kind of sore throat may lead to fever, exudate/pus in the back of the throat, and no cough. One of the trickiest parts about diagnosing sore throat is to differentiate between a viral and bacterial infection. However, this is key because both require different types of treatment.

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Symptoms of Sore Throat

Common symptoms of sore throat are:

  •  Difficulty swallowing
  •  Pain that is exacerbated by talking or swallowing
  •  Scratchy sensation in the throat
  •  Swollen glands in the neck
  •  White patches on the tonsils
  •  Muffled/hoarse voice 
  • Swollen/red tonsils

How Does GuruMD Treat a Sore Throat?

At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients suffering from a sore throat. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of the sore throat, all you have to do is create an account to speak our board-certified medical professionals.

Our online and in-person doctors can assess your symptoms and determine the best treatment plan for you. In many cases, you’ll need to obtain a throat swab. During this process, a healthcare provider will rub a sterile swab in the back of your throat to get a sample of the secretion. 

The clinic may also conduct both a rapid antigen test and throat culture to confirm the diagnosis of the streptococcal bacteria. If the tests are positive, the online doctor will prescribe antibiotic medication to get rid of the bacterial infection. If the test is negative, then the most likely culprit is a viral infection that will require symptomatic treatment. The doctor may prescribe acetaminophen, a cough suppressant medication, or another drug that can help alleviate the symptoms so that the body can rest and recover.

Are you experiencing sore throat symptoms? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.