A sore throat can be very painful and disruptive to one’s day. But how do you know when to get medical attention, or visit a Bend Urgent Care? Should you use grandma’s remedy, just deal with it, take some over the counter medication or go to the doctor’s office?
What Causes a Sore throat?
Sore throats can be caused by bacterial infections ( Strep Throat), allergies, viral infections, smoking or smoke exposure, burns or injuries, and many other causes. If the sore throat is accompanied by a runny nose, cough, and a hoarse voice, the cause is most likely a viral illness like the one that causes the common ” cold”. A Strep throat often begins quickly and is associated with red swollen tonsils, fever, pain with swallowing, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Another cause could be mononucleosis which is similar to a strep throat but often is combined with significant exhaustion.
When to come to Urgent Care?
If the pain is significant and combined with a fever, its best to come into our Urgent Care Clinic and have one of our medical experts examine you. Other concerning symptoms would be an inability to swallow, dehydration, difficulty breathing, joint pain or a rash. We can perform a few rapid tests to help diagnose your condition. Both strep throat and mononucleosis can be diagnosed rapidly in our Bend urgent care location and specific treatment will be recommended at that time. Remember, its better to always be safe and get an opinion from your local Bend Urgent Care medical provider.
How is it Treated?
It depends on the cause. Most sore throats are caused by a viral illness which don’t have specific cures, rather the urgent care physicians will recommend symptomatic care: i.e. ice chips, Tylenol, ibuprofen, warm salt water gargles, hydration and humidification. In people over 1 year old, a warm beverage with honey can be beneficial. If the sore throat is caused by a bacteria like “strep”, then an appropriate anti-biotic will be prescribed for you during your appointment.
Wash your hands, cover your cough and stay home if you are ill. Avoid individuals who are sick or ask them to wear a mask if avoidance can me achieved.
Sore Throat? Contact us 541-388-7799