A sore throat that lingers for days isn’t just a nuisance; it could be a sign of something more serious. At Rudy Juburi, MD, in Bryans Road, Maryland, and Alexandria, Virginia, board-certified internal medicine physician Dr. Rudy Juburi and his highly trained team offer numerous treatments for a sore throat to ease pain and get you on the road to a fast recovery. Call Rudy Juburi, MD, to book an appointment today, schedule online, or simply walk in.

Sore Throat Q & A

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat refers to pain in your throat that can be short-term or long-lasting. Symptoms of a sore throat include:

  • Pain or irritation in your throat
  • Mild discomfort or burning pain
  • Pain that gets worse when you swallow or talk
  • A hoarse or muffled voice
  • Swollen, sore glands in your jaw or neck
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A scratchy sensation in your throat
  • Pus or white patches on your tonsils

A sore throat may go away on its own or get worse over time. If a sore throat negatively impacts everyday tasks or you notice white spots on your throat or tonsils, check in with Dr. Juburi for an evaluation.

What causes a sore throat?

A sore throat is often caused by:

  • A viral infection, such as the flu or a cold
  • Strep throat (streptococcal infection) caused by bacteria
  • Allergies
  • Smoking
  • Tonsillitis, or enlarged tonsils

Sore throats caused by viruses often resolve on their own, but certain treatments can help alleviate symptoms. You might require medication for strep throat, to prevent potential complications associated with it.

How is a sore throat diagnosed?

To diagnose the cause of a sore throat, Dr. Juburi reviews your medical history and examines your throat. He or a nurse may squab the back of your throat to determine if you have strep throat.

What is the treatment for a sore throat?

The treatment for a sore throat varies based on what’s causing it. Dr. Juburi might recommend:

A wait and see approach

If you don’t have strep throat or other symptoms, Dr. Juburi might suggest a wait and see approach to find out if soreness goes away on its own without further treatment.

Lozenges or gargling

Sucking on lozenges or gargling with salt water may ease a sore throat as it resolves on its own over time.

Over-the-counter pain medicines

Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, can help ease throat pain while your body fights a virus.

Allergy treatments

If your sore throat stems from seasonal allergies, Dr. Juburi might recommend allergy medications or shots to ease symptoms.

Tonsillectomy

If you have enlarged tonsils and chronic strep throat, a tonsillectomy (surgical removal of your tonsils) helps you avoid getting strep throat repeatedly in the future.

Antibiotics

If you have strep throat, Dr. Juburi might prescribe antibiotics to eliminate your bacterial infection and ease throat pain.

Antiviral medications

If a sore throat stems from the flu, antiviral medications might reduce the severity of throat pain and other flu symptoms.

Don’t let a sore throat drag you down. Book an appointment by phone or online with Rudy Juburi, MD or simply walk in.