Sore Throat

Estero Healthcare

Family Medicine Clinic located in Fort Myers Beach, FL

There are sore throats, and then there are sore throats. If pain in your throat is preventing you from swallowing or talking, or you’re just plain miserable, the health care providers at Estero Healthcare can help. With two locations in north and south Fort Myers Beach, Florida, the clinics are equipped with on-site labs that help your doctor get to the bottom of your sore throat for prompt treatment. For more information, call, use the online scheduler, or simply come in during hours of operation.

Sore Throat Q & A

What are the most common types of sore throats?

There are a host of issues that can lead to a sore throat, from cheering at your child’s soccer game to the flu. If you or a family member is suffering from a sore throat that doesn’t stem from excessive exuberance, the condition may be a result of:

  • A viral infection or pharyngitis, brought on by a cold, the flu, or mononucleosis
  • Streptococcal infection or strep throat
  • Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal reflux disease
  • Irritants

Most sore throats are caused by viral infections, but it’s important to have your sore throat properly diagnosed at Estero Healthcare. In very rare cases, a sore throat may be caused by a tumor, so having an expert weigh in is important, especially if your sore throat persists, despite trying to treat it.

What are the symptoms of a sore throat?

While the answer to this question may seem obvious, how this soreness presents itself can be important in making a diagnosis. Sore throats can be accompanied by:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swollen glands in your neck or jaw
  • White spots on your tonsils
  • Hoarseness
  • Earaches

The bottom line is if you or your child is suffering from a sore throat that isn’t getting better or responding well to over-the-counter medications, a trip to one of the two Estero Healthcare locations is a good idea.

How are sore throats treated?

When you seek treatment at Estero Healthcare, your medical professional sits down with you to review your symptoms. Once they’ve recorded your vital statistics, such as body temperature and blood pressure, they perform a visual exam to take a closer look. If they suspect bacteria may be responsible for your sore throat, they swab your throat and send it to the on-site lab for further evaluation.

Once your provider has a clear idea of what’s behind your sore throat, they can come up with a treatment plan that will make you more comfortable. This may include:

  • Recommendations for medications
  • Antibiotics for bacterial infections (strep throat)
  • At-home recommendations, such as gargling with salt water

If you or a loved one has a persistent or painful sore throat, call Estero Healthcare, schedule an appointment online, or visit one of the two locations during operating hours.