Somerset Family Medicine SFM
Neil Jaddou, MD
Family Medicine located in Troy, MI & Sterling Heights, MI
Sore throats are a common symptom of illness and can be very painful. At Somerset Family Medicine SFM, Neil Jaddou MD treats a variety of conditions that can cause sore throats. The practice has locations in both Troy and Sterling Heights, Michigan, and the team offers friendly, compassionate care for patients of all ages. Sore throats can sometimes be a sign of a serious infection, so don't put off treatment. If you're suffering from a sore throat, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
Sore Throat Q & A
What causes sore throats?
Sore throats are very common among school-age children. But adults can also experience sore throats every now and then. Most sore throats are caused by one of the following conditions:
- Viral infections
- Bacterial infections
Sore throats caused by mild infections like a cold usually clear up on their own after a few days. But sometimes sore throats may be a sign of a more serious health condition. If your sore throat is especially painful or isn't getting better on its own, it's best to see a doctor. At Somerset Family Medicine SFM, Dr. Jaddou and his team can help you feel better faster.
How do I know if I need medical care for my sore throat?
Sore throats caused by a viral infection or allergies often disappear on their own. But if your sore throat doesn't start to improve within three days, it's time to call a doctor. You should also contact Dr. Jaddou right away if your sore throat is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:
- A rash
- A stiff neck
- A fever over 102 degrees
- Severely swollen glands
- Difficulty swallowing
It's important to seek medical attention if your sore throat suddenly gets much worse, especially if it's accompanied by a high fever. This could be a sign of a serious infection that requires medical treatment.
How are sore throats treated?
Many sore throats clear up with at-home or over-the-counter treatments. Dr. Jaddou may suggest that you gargle with warm salt water or suck on throat lozenges to ease your discomfort. Drinking warm tea or eating popsicles can also help soothe a sore throat.
If your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection like strep throat or tonsillitis, you might need antibiotics. Some sinus infections may also require antibiotics. If you need medication, Dr. Jaddou explains which drug he's prescribed and how to take it.
It's essential that you follow all instructions provided by the Somerset Family Medicine SFM team. Be sure to take all the medications that you're prescribed. Don't skip doses or stop taking your medication early, or your infection may return.
Concerned about a sore throat? Need help managing your allergies or sinus problems? Call Somerset Family Medicine SFM today or book an appointment online.