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What’s going around: Pharyngitis

(WKOW) — Any of you suffering from a sore throat or cough may not be able to treat it with antibiotics?

Health providers told 27 News, they’ve been seeing more cases of pharyngitis in clinic recently.  Kelly Hesseling, DNP with Monroe Clinic explained, pharyngitis is a sore throat or cough caused by a viral infection, so antibiotics would be ineffective.

Hesseling said patients with pharyngitis experience a low fever, redness or swelling in the throat, trouble swallowing and occasionally drainage from nasal congestion.

For treatment, Hesseling recommended the following:

  • Using over-the-counter pain relievers (acetaminophen, ibuprofen) to ease pain and reduce the fever
  • Gargling with salt water, using a throat numbing spray or drinking warm tea or broth to help with discomfort
  • Remembering to avoid smoky areas
  • Drinking plenty of liquids
  • Trying an antihistamine or decongestant

Hesseling said you need to get more medical attention, if you think you have a bacterial infection.  Signs of that include the following:

  • A fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • White spots on the throat
  • Great difficulty in swallowing or breathing
  • A skin rash
  • Recent exposure to someone with strep bacteria
  • Severe hoarseness and swollen glands in the neck or jaw

Hesseling reminded, the best way to avoid pharyngitis in yourself and others is to cover your mouth when you cough, wash your hands and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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