Sore Throat Remedy
The pharynx or back of the throat frequently becomes inflamed when a person has a cold or an attack of influenza. This inflammation ma also involves the tonsil and adenoids, if these already have been removed. Other causes of sore throat include sinusitis, measles, diphtheria, Vincent’s angina, and even leukemia on rare occasion.
In an acute sore throat the patient complains of burning and dryness in the throat and followed by chills, fever, and some hoarseness or laryngitis. Lymph glands along the sides of the neck may become swollen and tender. The back of the throat itself may be very red even covered with a grayish-white membrane. Swallowing may be very difficult, especially during the acute stage. The trouble is often due to streptococcus germs. If the passage, there will also be a thick postnasal discharge.
Sore Throat Treatment:
Patients who are severely ill should always be seen by a physician as soon as possible. It is important to rule out diphtheria. Parent should also realize the dangers of a strep throat, especially in young people and children. Certain streptococcus germs are responsible for the very serious condition known as rheumatic fever. If the nasal passage is are also inflamed do the medicated steam inhalation. Soreness of the throat and neck can often be relieved by applying a heating compress. A great variety of medicated lozenges are available, and these usually help to reduce irritation. Keep the patient in bed as long as there is any fever. If he has a chest cough, apply hot fomentations to the chest and spine.
If soreness persists, see the doctor as soon as possible.