Soothing Your Sore Throat

10/30/2019

Laryngology & Voice NJ

Sore Throat Remedies

Nobody likes a sore throat. In fact, it can be just plain miserable. When your throat is sore, you become painfully aware of the itching, burning and scratching every time you swallow.

Sore throats are most often caused by the common cold, and they tend to get better on their own, typically within a week. This may seem like an eternity when you’re living with throat pain, but there are things you can do to find relief in the meantime.

You may gargle with salt water, take an over-the-counter pain reliver, use medicated lozenges, stay hydrated and, most importantly, call Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat to be seen by one of our highly trained physicians.

When Should I See a Doctor?

Whenever a sore throat is severe, persists longer than the usual five-to-seven day duration of a cold or flu, and is not associated with an avoidable allergy or irritation, you should seek medical attention. The following signs and symptoms should alert you to see your physician:

  • Severe and prolonged sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty opening the mouth
  • Joint pain
  • Earache
  • Rash
  • Fever (over 101°)
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm
  • Frequently recurring sore throat
  • Lump in neck
  • Hoarseness lasting over two week

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat today at: 732-280-7855