Sore Throat

OPES Health Channelside

Dentists & Primary Care Practice located in Tampa, FL

A sore throat is usually just a nuisance, but it’s possible to hint at a more serious health problem, which Victor Cruz, MD of OPĒS Health Channelside can diagnose. At his Tampa, Florida office, Dr. Cruz provides diagnostic testing for strep throat as well as treatments for strep and other causes of a sore throat. To find relief from your sore throat pain, contact OPĒS Health Channelside by using the scheduling form or calling the practice.

Sore Throat Q & A

OPES Health Channelside

What causes a sore throat?

A sore throat describes pain, irritation, or scratchiness in your throat. Usually, it worsens when you swallow.

Viral infections like a cold or the flu cause a majority of cases of a sore throat. When you have a sore throat from a cold or the flu, it usually resolves itself within a few days.

Other common causes of a sore throat include:

  • Mononucleosis (mono)
  • Croup
  • Allergies
  • Irritants
  • Dryness
  • Muscle strain
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Measles

What other symptoms usually occur with a sore throat?

In addition to having a sore or scratchy throat, you might also experience difficulty swallowing or talking. You may notice the glands in your throat appearing large or swollen. Your tonsils could appear red or have white patches or pus on them.

Your voice may sound hoarse or muffled. It’s possible to experience other symptoms such as:

  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • A runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Body aches

How does a physician diagnose the cause of a sore throat?

The first step Dr. Cruz takes in diagnosing a sore throat is a physical examination. Dr. Cruz uses an instrument with a light on it to examine your throat, ears, and nasal passages. He may use his hands to assess your neck for swollen glands. During your examination, Dr. Cruz may listen to your breathing to check for congestion.  

Dr. Cruz may perform a swab test to evaluate you for strep throat. You receive the results within 24 to 48 hours, and once Dr. Cruz receives the results, he can prescribe a medication to kill the bacteria.

Dr. Cruz might need to perform further testing if you have a sore throat not caused by a cold, flu, or strep throat.

How does a physician treat a sore throat?

If you have a sore throat from a viral infection, Dr. Cruz may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

For a bacterial infection like strep throat, Dr. Cruz prescribes an antibiotic like amoxicillin, penicillin, or cephalexin. These medications fight the bacteria that causes a sore throat. Keep in mind, you must take the medication for as long as prescribed, or it may not treat your infection completely.

Stop the pain of a sore throat by using the online scheduling tool or calling for an appointment.


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