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The P.A. Pulse – Pharyngitis

 

Pharyngitis is inflammation of the pharynx, which is in the back of the throat. It’s most often referred to as “sore throat” and is one of the most common reasons for doctor visits. In nine out of 10 cases, sore throats are caused by a virus. Less commonly, pharyngitis is caused by a bacterial infection. The most common bacterial infection of the throat is strep throat. Keep in mind, viral infections don’t respond to antibiotics, but bacterial infections require antibiotics.

Symptoms of Pharyngitis

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Joint pain and muscle aches
  • Skin rashes
  • Swollen lymph glands in the neck

Pharyngitis Prevention

  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, and eating utensils
  • Avoid individuals who are sick
  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating and after coughing or sneezing
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water aren’t available
  • Avoid smoking and inhaling secondhand smoke

When should I seek help?

Call your child’s healthcare provider if your child has:

  • A sore throat, especially if it does not go away in a few days
  • A sore throat and other symptoms, such as a fever

Call 911 or your local emergency number if your child has:

  • Trouble breathing
  • A severe sore throat and has difficulty swallowing or breathing, is drooling, or has a stiff neck or neck swelling

 

2017-07-27T10:32:32+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Health and Wellness, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The P.A. Pulse – Pharyngitis

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