Everyone experiences a sore throat occasionally. If you have a sore throat that never goes away and becomes a chronic condition, you need to seek out the help and expertise of your ear, nose, and throat specialist. You need an ENT doctor.
Sore throats can be caused by a wide variety of underlying illnesses including a cold or the flu. These sore throats often go away without treatment, but if you still have a sore throat after 5 to 7 days, it’s time to visit your ENT specialist for an evaluation.
Bacterial infections are another common cause of sore throats. Strep throat, caused by an infection of streptococcal bacteria is the most common example. You need to visit your ENT specialist for a prescription of antibiotics.
Allergies can also cause an itchy, dry, irritated sore throat. Your ENT specialist can perform allergy testing to determine what you are allergic to. Some of the most common allergens include:
- Tree and grass pollens
- Flower and plant pollens
- Pet dander and fur
- Mold and dust
When you know what you are allergic to, it’s easier to avoid the allergen. Your ENT specialist can also prescribe antihistamines, decongestants, and other medications to help relieve your sore throat and other allergy symptoms.
Tonsillitis, or inflammation of your tonsils, is another common cause of sore throats. Tonsils can become infected and enlarged, causing breathing difficulties. Your ENT specialist may prescribe antibiotics and other medications to help you get relief. In severe cases, your ENT specialist may recommend removing your tonsils.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD can also cause a sore throat. It’s a condition in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. Over time, GERD can cause esophageal ulcers and even esophageal cancer. Your ENT specialist can help by prescribing medication to reduce stomach acid production.
These are just a few of the most common causes of a sore throat. If you have a chronic sore throat, it’s time to seek out some help from your ear, nose, and throat specialist. Call your ENT doctor today.