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Sore Throat Specialist

Rakesh Chugh, MD

Internal Medicine located in Tinley Park, IL

Sore throats are common and usually get better on their own, but some can be more serious and raise your risk of complications. If you have a sore throat that’s severe or does not get better in a certain amount of time, it’s important to seek treatment for it. Rakesh Chugh, MD provides diagnostic services and treatments for sore throats for adults in Tinley Park, Illinois.

Sore Throat Q & A

What are the symptoms of a sore throat?

When you have a sore throat, you might have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Mild pain that’s constant
  • More severe pain when you swallow or talk
  • Swollen glands around your throat, such as under your jaw
  • Hoarse voice
  • Redness and swelling inside your throat
  • White spots in your throat

You might also have a fever, headache, and other symptoms, depending on whether your sore throat is a bacterial or viral infection.

When do I need medical care for a sore throat?

You should see Dr. Chugh for medical care if you have a sore throat that lasts longer than a few days without getting better or if your symptoms are severe. You’ll also need medical care if your sore throat gets worse over time or if you develop a high fever, earache, or rash. Without medical care, some types of sore throats, such as strep throat, can cause complications.

Why do I have a sore throat?

You can develop a sore throat from a viral infection, such as the common cold, seasonal flu, or mononucleosis. Bacteria, such as streptococcus, can also cause you to have a sore throat. Viruses and bacteria usually cause sore throats, but there are other possible causes, such as allergies and exposure to outdoor pollutants. Dr. Chugh will run tests to determine the cause of your sore throat, so you’ll have the appropriate treatment for it.

What kind of treatment do I need for a sore throat?

That depends on the cause of your sore throat. Viral infections usually need to run their course on their own, but you can take over-the-counter medications to ease your symptoms. Dr. Chugh might also recommend rest and plenty of liquids for a sore throat caused by a virus. If you have strep throat, you’ll need to take antibiotics to get better and reduce your risk of complications.

What else can I do to soothe a sore throat?

Dr. Chugh can provide you with other advice for easing sore throat symptoms. These might include eating and drinking soothing foods and liquids, such as broth or tea. Cold foods and drinks might also bring you some relief. Using a humidifier, rinsing with salt water, and using throat lozenges can also ease sore throat pain.

If you need treatment for a sore throat, please contact Rakesh Chugh, MD to make an appointment.