The Weather is changing fast in the Washington DC area. Combinations of hot days then cooler ones have brought some sore throat symptoms.
According to the center for disease control and prevention, sore throat rank among the 11th of the 20th leading reason to visit the emergency room or your primary health care provider. Upper respiratory tract infections have remarkable health impact. Sore throats occur from different origins like viruses, bacteria, allergens, environmental irritants and so on. Redness in the pharynx, body temperature higher than normal is primary sign of a problem. Primary care will make same day tests to eliminate bacterial infection. While 40% of the time there may be bacterial infections, 60% are caused by allergies, gastro-intestinal reflux or mouth breathing. Most common sore throats, about half, originate from viral infection. In that case, antibiotics are not required. However over-prescription of antibiotics is still widespread.
- Helpful home remedies are: rest, gargle with salt and water, drinking fluids.
- Over-the counter natural remedies are elderberry lozenges, zinc gluconate, menthol, and organic throat tea. If you are taking other medications visit a professional.