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Dr. Temp Patterson | What Causes Sore Throats

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What Causes Sore Throats With Dr. Temp Patterson

 

Dr. Temp PattersonA surgical alternative within medicine, otolaryngology deals closely with ears, nose, and throats, as well as related structures of the head and neck.

Dr. Patterson explains that while illnesses, such as the common cold or flu. Bacteria, such as strep throat and tonsillitis, account for many sore throats, there are several other common causes. These include allergies, reflux, irritation, and, more rarely, tumors of the throat, tongue, and larynx.

“Allergies stemming from mold, pet hair, pollen, foods are all common causes of sore throats,” says Dr. Patterson. “Similarly, irritability may arise from such pollutants, chemicals, a dry heat, or even straining your voice and can also make your throat tender,” he continues.

The doctor also points out that acid reflux is another cause. Further leading to symptoms such as coarseness in voice, noisy breathing, and even a lump in the cervix.

Dr. Temp Patterson recommends that when a sore-throat continues for more than 5-7 days and isn’t the result of avoidable allergy or irritation, a doctor should be seen.

“While increasing your liquid intake or taking over-the-counter pain medication might help. It may be necessary for your doctor to write you a prescription for an antibiotic,”

The Burley based otolaryngologist also recommends seeing a doctor if there is any difficulty breathing, swallowing, or opening the mouth. Similarly enough, if a sore throat is frequently recurring for more than two weeks, a doctor should be seen.

Dr. Temp PattersonĀ also points out that many instances of sore throats may be avoidable. “Avoid smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke,” he suggests. “Also avoid exposure to chemical irritants and be mindful that particulate matter in the air, for example from the burning of fossil fuels, can cause throat irritation.”

If you live or work in close quarters, such as a classroom, office, prison, or military installation, you’re also at increased risk. according to Dr. Patterson, particularly of viral and bacterial infections which spread easily in environments where individuals remain in close proximity for extended periods of time.

“Furthermore,” Dr. Patterson adds, wrapping up, “always maintain good hygiene. Do not share napkins, towels, or utensils with anyone exhibiting symptoms of a sore throat. Remember to wash your hands regularly with soap or a sanitizing gel.”

 

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