Respiratory infections like the common cold, flu, and other viruses cause coughs and sore throats. Allergies can also wreak havoc on your throat, as can post-nasal drip or breathing through your mouth due to congestion.
Your cough often provides the first clues as to what’s going on.
For example, if your cough is shallow — starting at your throat — a sore throat may be the culprit. If, however, your cough comes from within your chest and there’s discolored phlegm, you’re likely dealing with a respiratory infection.
The best way to find out what’s causing your sore throat or cough is to get in to see the team at Willow Park Medical Group.
Usually, sore throats and coughs are symptoms of the same condition, so Dr. Pajel-Sio treats the underlying condition and provides relief from side effects.
This early intervention is especially important when it comes to a bad cough, which can take hold in your lungs and lead to bronchitis.
Treating the underlying illness could involve taking antiviral medication as well as cough syrups to soothe any irritation or suppress coughing that could make the pain worse. Staying hydrated and using cough drops can also help relieve your symptoms.
If, however, you have strep throat, the treatment course differs considerably.
Strep throat is an infection caused by the streptococcus bacteria. It causes pain and scratchiness — especially when swallowing — as well as red and white patches in the throat.
The illness is more common in children than adults but can affect patients of all ages. And although strep throat is highly contagious, it’s relatively easy to treat.
After diagnosing strep throat — using a rapid strep test — Dr. Pajel-Sio treats the problem with antibiotics.
She may also advise you to take additional medications to treat your symptoms, such as:
You ought to feel better within 48 hours of starting antibiotics and thus be able to return to school or work. However, it’s critical to complete the full course of antibiotics, even if you feel well, as the illness can return.
To find out what’s at the bottom of your sore throat or cough, call or click today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pajel-Sio and get relief.
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