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When a Sore Throat Is Cause for Concern

When a Sore Throat Is Cause for Concern

Nearly everyone gets a sore throat once in a while. You can get a sore throat for many reasons, including changes in the weather, getting dehydrated, and even cheering for your favorite football team.   

Most of the time, sore throats are a minor—although painful—condition that resolve without the need for a trip to the doctor’s office. But at Urgent Care of Ada in Ada, Oklahoma, our providers know that sometimes a sore throat serves as a sign that you need medical care. 

Autumn’s arrival means cooler temperatures, but it also signals the start of cold and flu season—and a rise in sore throats. Take a moment to learn about sore throats and when to get medical help, so you can stay in the pink of health this fall and winter. 

Why is my throat sore?

Since sore throats are a symptom rather than a health condition, they’re a sign from your body that something isn’t right. In fact, anything that irritates the tissues of your throat, from inhaling smoke or chemicals to not drinking enough water, can trigger this symptom. 

You can also get a sore throat when you get an infection that makes you sick. Both viral and bacterial infections can trigger symptoms that cause a sore throat. Some of the most common include:

Other times, an underlying health condition, like tonsil stones, acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease), or oral cancer, can cause a persistent sore throat.  

How do I know if my sore throat is cause for concern?

If you’re worried about your sore throat for any reason, don’t wait to see a provider at Urgent Care of Ada for an evaluation. Your provider evaluates your symptoms, conducts an exam, and performs any tests necessary, like a swab, to get the root cause of your pain. 

Signs you should come in as soon as possible include:

You should be concerned if you have a sore throat that recurs (keeps coming back) or notice tiny red spots (petechiae) on the roof of your mouth along with your sore throat. 

What can help my sore throat?

Even mild sore throats aren’t fun, and sometimes they can be downright miserable. If you have a mild sore throat that doesn’t require a trip to the doctor, at-home care can go a long way toward easing your discomfort, including things like:

If your sore throat requires medical care, your Urgent Care of Ada provider creates a personalized treatment plan based on the underlying cause of your symptoms. For example, if you have strep throat, we may prescribe an antibiotic.  

Get help for a sore throat at Urgent Care of Ada. You can visit our urgent care clinic for same-day help.

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