Overview of Throat Conditions
Our ear, nose and throat specialists treat many throat issues, including tonsillitis, inflammation of the adenoids, hoarseness, pediatric frenulectomy, and others.
A sore throat may be the first sign of a cold or virus. It is often accompanied by a runny nose and congestion. Over-the-counter medications can help alleviate the symptoms, but a cold will generally go away in about a week.
Strep throat is quite different from a cold. It is an infection caused by the streptococcus bacteria. If not treated properly, it can also cause damage to the heart and/or kidneys. This type of sore throat can be more severe and persistent. A strep throat often becomes sore very suddenly and is accompanied by a loss of appetite, fever, red or white spots on the tonsils, and painful swallowing.
If you suspect you have strep throat, schedule an appointment with one of National Sinus Institute’s ENT providers. We will perform a physical exam of your throat and may order a strep test to quickly determine if you have strep throat. It is always treated with antibiotics. Strep throat is a contagious illness, so be sure to limit exposure to others and maintain good hand-washing hygiene.