Hill Country Ear, Nose & Throat
Charles F. Lano, Jr., MD, FACS
Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor & Sleep Medicine Doctor located in New Braunfels, TX
Sore throats can be painful and annoying, especially when they don’t go away on their own. At Hill Country Ear, Nose & Throat, Charles F. Lano, Jr., MD, and his team of specialists provide personalized treatment solutions for men, women, and children in New Braunfels, Texas. If you’re experiencing a sore throat that continues to linger, call Hill Country Ear, Nose & Throat or schedule an appointment online today.
What causes a sore throat?
Viral or bacterial infections usually cause sore throats. Examples of viral infections include the common cold, laryngitis, mononucleosis, or the mumps and flu.
When bacterial infections cause a sore throat, it’s often due to:
- Strep throat: infection of the throat and tonsils
- Tonsillitis: inflammation or infection of the tonsils
- Peritonsillar abscess: infection of the tissue around the tonsils
- Epiglottitis: inflammation of the leaf-shaped tissue over the windpipe
- Uvulitis: inflammation of the small finger-shaped tissue that hangs down from the soft palate in the back of the throat
- Sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea or chlamydia
Can other conditions cause a sore throat?
Sore throats lasting longer than a week might be due to irritation. Possible conditions include:
- Breathing through your mouth because of nasal allergies or congestion
- Postnasal drip, dry air, smoking, air pollution, or yelling
- Acid reflux associated with gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)
- Injuries to the back of the throat like cuts or punctures
A sore throat is also a common symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome.
How are sore throats treated?
Effectively treating your sore throat depends on the cause of your condition.
Viral infections are the most common cause of sore throats and don’t respond to antibiotics, so Dr. Lano and his team might recommend home treatments like drinking plenty of fluids, over-the-counter medications, and throat lozenges to ease your symptoms. When a bacterial infection is present, they might prescribe antibiotics to treat your condition.
If Dr. Lano suspects allergies are a factor in your having a sore throat, Hill Country Ear, Nose & Throat offers comprehensive allergy testing and treatment to relieve your symptoms.
Sore throats due to chronic infections might require tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy surgery.
What is tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery?
This surgical procedure removes your tonsils and adenoids to reduce the frequency and severity of sore throats. Typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, Dr. Lano removes your tonsils and adenoids through your mouth.
After your surgery, Dr. Lano and his team at Hill Country Ear, Nose & Throat closely monitor your recovery from sedation. When you’re doing well, you’re released from the clinic to continue your recovery at home. Pain medication might be necessary during your recovery, and you’re encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and to avoid strenuous activity.
If you’re suffering from a sore throat or chronic infections, call or schedule an appointment online today.