Sore & Strep Throats

Sore throats make swallowing painful. The most common cause of sore throat is a viral infection. However, sometimes a sore throat results from a bacterial infection like strep throat. Bacterial infections require antibiotic treatment. Our healthcare providers will determine the cause of your sore throat and recommend the best treatment to resolve your symptoms.

Sore throats may come with other symptoms, including:

  • Fever
  • Swollen tonsils
  • White patches or pus on the tonsils
  • Hoarseness
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting

Sore throats can also be caused by things other than viruses or bacteria. Some potential causes include:

  • Allergies
  • Dryness
  • Air pollution or irritants
  • Muscle strain from yelling or long periods of talking
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux
  • HIV infection
  • Tumors

Book An Appointment

Our providers will investigate all potential causes of your sore throat. Make sure to get immediate care if you experience drooling, difficulty breathing, or swallowing. Make an appointment if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Sore throats that last more than a week
  • Trouble opening your mouth
  • Joint pain
  • Earaches
  • Rashes
  • Fever higher than 101 F
  • A lump in the neck
  • Frequent or recurrent sore throat
  • Hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks
  • Swelling in the face or neck