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Sore Throat

Urgent Care Of Soldotna

Urgent Care located in Soldotna, AK

Don’t let a sore throat make talking and swallowing painful and make you miserable when the qualified health professionals of Urgent Care of Soldotna in Soldotna, Alaska, have solutions. The medical team offers quick, reliable, and convenient in-office testing and proven-successful treatments to soothe your sore throat. Call Urgent Care of Soldotna, walk in, or simply use the request an appointment online to find relief today.

Sore Throat Q & A

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat refers to pain, irritation, or scratchiness of your throat that usually worsens when you swallow. If you have a sore throat, you might have various symptoms, such as:

  • A scratchy sensation or pain in your throat
  • Pain that gets worse when you swallow or talk
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swollen and sore glands in your jaw or neck
  • Swollen and red tonsils
  • Pus or white patches on your tonsils
  • A muffled or hoarse voice

Common infections that can cause a sore throat might result in other symptoms, such as:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Vomiting or nausea

If you or your family have concerning symptoms, you should seek prompt care by visiting Urgent Care of Soldotna.

What causes a sore throat?

In some cases, a bacterial infection can cause a sore throat. A less common type of sore throat is Strep throat (streptococcal infection) caused by a bacterium.

Viruses that cause the common cold and the flu (influenza) cause most sore throats. Other viral infections that can lead to a sore throat include:

  • Mononucleosis (mono)
  • Measles
  • Chickenpox
  • Croup — a common childhood illness with a harsh cough

Other causes of a sore throat include:

  • Allergies
  • Dry indoor air
  • Irritants and pollutants
  • Muscle strain
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • HIV infection
  • Tumors

In rare instances, a sore throat can be the result of an infected area of tissue. Factors that make you more likely to get a sore throat include aging, smoking tobacco, having chronic or frequent sinus infections, and a weakened immune system.

How is a sore throat treated?

After a diagnosis with a physical exam any other necessary testing — such as a throat swab that can generate results promptly in minutes — the Urgent Care of Soldotna providers offer solutions to treat your sore throat, such as medications to ease pain and fever, as well as antibiotics if your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection.

You can also try resting, drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and keep your throat moist, and consuming comforting foods and beverages like warm liquids, broths, and soups. You should avoid irritants, such as cigarette smoke and chemical cleaning products that might irritate your throat.

To prevent a sore throat, you can try avoiding germs that cause them and practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and try to maintain a healthier lifestyle to boost your immune system.

Call Urgent Care of Soldotna, book online, or walk in to soothe your sore throat.