Sore throats are a common complaint and are caused by a variety of illnesses. If you feel like you’ve swallowed sandpaper, the team at My Urgent Care Clinic in Boerne, Texas, can diagnose your symptoms as a common sore throat or the more-serious strep throat. The team will resolve your symptoms and treat the underlying illness causing your discomfort. Call, walk in, or schedule an appointment online today.
Sore throats are caused by a wide range of viruses and bacterial infections, as well as other conditions like allergies, irritants, and acid reflux. Some of the common viral infections that can cause sore throats include:
Often when your sinuses are congested, the associated post-nasal drip and breathing through your mouth can cause your throat to become dry, irritated, or raw.
There is also a wide range of bacterial infections that cause sore throats. The most common bacterial infection is streptococcus pyogenes — commonly referred to as strep throat.
Strep throat is a contagious bacterial infection of your throat. It causes symptoms like inflammation and pain. It’s commonly identified by swollen red tonsils and patches of white tissue. Strep throat can cause other symptoms like fever, headaches, and chills, as well as swollen lymph nodes. You may also find that your appetite changes and that it’s difficult to swallow.
Tonsillitis is a condition where your tonsils, the two lymph nodes on each side of the back of your throat, become infected and swell. It’s a common and contagious childhood disease that causes a severe sore throat and fever. Your tonsils are your first defense against many illnesses, as they produce white blood cells that help fight off bacteria and viruses that enter your body through the mouth.
Before your provider at My Urgent Care Clinic can offer treatment that helps your body fight off the infection causing a sore throat, he or she must first diagnose the cause of your sore throat. Depending on the cause, you may need antibiotics or other antiviral medications. It’s also important to follow your provider's instructions for at-home care, including ensuring you take time off to rest and allow your body to recover.
If you or your child has had a sore throat for a couple of days and it isn’t subsiding or if you experience other symptoms like a fever or either white or dark patches on the tonsils, make an appointment with the team at My Urgent Care Clinic in Boerne, Texas. The providers and staff provide a rapid diagnosis with on-site lab work and provide customized care to help your body fight off an infection and relieve your symptoms.
Call, walk-in, or schedule an appointment online today.