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Reasons for a Sore Throat

Unless you’re a fellow that can fit a fiery dagger down their esophagus, the reasons for a sore throat can be nuanced. But no matter the reason, sore throats generate problems. Eating turns into a chore, drinking is a burden, and just swallowing is challenging. 

Sidebar, do you swallow more when your throat hurts? Maybe to see if it stops hurting somehow? Just asking. 

Without wasting more time, let’s get into it.

Reasons for a sore throat 

Viruses

Everything from the common cold to the flu to COVID-19 can lead to a sore throat. It’s arguable that sore throat isn’t the worst symptom of these illnesses, but it is common. If you’re struggling with a sore throat, be sure to check other symptoms of viruses. 

reasons for sore throat

Allergies

Here in Georgia, there’s no such thing as an allergy season; we struggle with allergies all year round. Don’t be surprised if a sore throat is a consistent symptom for you. On top of that, when nasal congestion causes someone to breathe through their mouth, it can cause a sore throat. 

Yelling

Just stop doing it. Stop yelling. 

Reflux/GERD

Because acid is creeping up into the throat, it can cause a sore throat. Luckily, the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute can solve that with proper diagnosis and treatment options. Watch the video to learn more: 

Sore throat remedies

As said before, if your sore throat is a product of a viral infection or acid reflux, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with a specialist as early as possible. These remedies are temporal and short-term, meant to help you survive until your appointment. 

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Drink hot beverages 
  • Avoid coffee, as it will dehydrate you
  • Gurgle with saltwater
  • Inhale steam from a hot shower or boiling pot of water
  • Avoid cigarettes

Now it’s time to schedule an appointment for your sore throat. Call 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top of the page for a same-day or Saturday appointment. 

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