Allergen-caused sore throats can put you through misery. Medically called pharyngitis, sore throats stem from allergens irritating and inflaming your pharynx, otherwise known as your throat. Usually the symptoms associated with sore throat fade without medical intervention, however consulting a medical professional is a good idea if your symptoms worsen or don’t resolve within a week.
Symptoms & Causes
Sore throats not caused by virus or bacteria are caused by pollens, dust, dander or mold entering your airway and causing an immune system response. Sometimes strep throat, dryness or stomach reflux cause worsen allergy-related sore throats. The condition can cause swallowing to hurt, more sneezing or coughing than usual, runny nose, mild fever and bad breath. Other symptoms include dry throat, swollen tonsils and muffled voice. See your doctor if your symptoms become too painful or last more than a week.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Your doctor will perform a physical evaluation and likely ask a few questions. You might also undergo a throat swab saliva sample to be tested for bacteria. Allergy skin tests or a blood test can conclude if your symptoms are caused by an allergic response. Based on your physician’s medical opinion you may receive advice for home remedies. Getting plenty of sleep and water is crucial to a speedy recovery. To ease the pain of a sore throat trying eating warm and thick foods like honey or soup. Also try gargling with saltwater to reduce some pain. Using an air humidifier is also a good idea to make sure the air you’re breathing isn’t dry and damaging. If your allergies persist or cause great pain your doctor might suggest allergy immunotherapy shots or drops to build up your resistance.
Sore Throat Prevention
By avoiding your allergen triggers you can avoid many of the problems that may arise from your immune system’s inflammatory response. Avoid secondhand smoke and stay healthy by washing your hands, limiting alcohol, and drinking fluids and warm broths instead of soda pop or sugary drinks.
Call ENT Associates of East Texas at (903) 592-5601 for more information or to schedule an appointment.