1. What are the symptoms of pharyngitis?
The common symptoms of pharyngitis include pain in the throat, inflammation, sneezing, runny nose, headache, cough, fatigue, body aches, fever, chills, etc. Strep throat, which is a type of pharyngitis, may have symptoms, such as swollen lymph nodes, difficulty in swallowing, loss of appetite and nausea.
2. Whom should I see if I have pharyngitis?
A general practitioner can be consulted for treating simple pharyngitis. In some cases, an ear, nose and throat specialist can be consulted.
3. What are the treatment options for pharyngitis?
Sore throat is generally a viral infection, and thus no antibiotics are prescribed unless a strep throat culture or a culture for chlamydia or gonorrhea is positive. The treatment commonly involves using over-the-counter pain medications, drinking warm soothing liquids and getting plenty of rest.
4. Which food items should I avoid if I have pharyngitis?
Foods that can irritate the throat, such as oily or spicy food, as well as processed foods, such as coffee, alcohol and crusty foods that are difficult to swallow, should be avoided.
5. Can pollution cause pharyngitis?
Pollutants and certain irritants, such as tobacco smoke; allergens, such as pollen or dust; and other pollutants can cause pharyngitis. Dry air may also cause irritation of the throat.