We’ve all been there. Starting as a tickle or a dry, scratchy feeling, a sore throat can become severe enough to ruin your day, especially if it occurs with other symptoms like a fever.
Sore throat infections account for 2-4% of all yearly doctor visits1 and are one of the most common symptoms that MDLIVE doctors care for. Dr. Cynthia E. Collins, MDLIVE Clinical Medical Director, shares her recommendations for making sore throats a little easier to swallow.
Get the facts on sore throats.
Because sore throats can signal the beginning of many types of illnesses, Dr. Collins explains common and more severe symptoms to watch out for, when you should get help from a doctor, and how to soothe a sore throat at home, so you can get back to feeling better faster.
Dr. Collins’ perspective
“For anything more than mild sore throat symptoms, especially if they disrupt your daily activities, it’s best to see a doctor. Getting help quickly from a doctor can help ease symptoms of the sore throat and help it go away faster. We also recommend that you see a doctor if one or more of the following symptoms accompanies your sore throat:
A sore throat that is severe and persistent
Difficulty breathing and swallowing
Swollen tonsils and white patches
Enlarged lymph nodes in neck
Headaches and body aches
High fever, chills, and malaise
Nausea or vomiting
How you can get help from home.
MDLIVE board-certified doctors can help you feel better sooner. MDLIVE is a fast, affordable alternative to urgent care centers, walk-in clinics, and ERs.