Sore Throat

Signs & Symptoms

You may have other symptoms with the sore throat, too.  These include fatigue, fever, postnasal drip, bad breath, headache, and/or earache.

Causes

  • a bacterial or viral infection, such as strep throat, tonsillitis, or mononucleosis
  • shouting for long periods of time, such as from cheering at a sporting event
  • tobacco or marijuana smoke
  • air pollution, dry air and/or allergies
  • postnasal drip
  • self-induced vomiting
  • an infection from oral sex with an infected partner

Treatment

If an infection is suspected, your health care provider may take a throat culture.  If streptococcus or any other type of bacteria is present, he or she may prescribe an antibiotic.  Be sure you take all of the antibiotic, even if you are feeling better.  If strep throat is inadequately treated, other conditions, such as rheumatic fever can occur.

Self Care

To Prevent Getting a Sore Throat

  • do not get in close contact with anyone you know has a sore throat
  • wash your hands often to minimalize picking up germs from others;  don’t share drinking glasses and silverware

To Treat a Sore Throat

  • gargle every 2 to 3 hours with a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of salt mixed in 1 cup of warm water
  • drink plenty of warm beverages, such as tea with lemon (with or without honey)  and soup
  • for strep throat, drink and eat cold liquids and foods, such as frozen yogurt and popsicles
  • use a cool-mist vaporizer in your room; if you get a sore throat often, consider putting a portable air purifier in your room
  • don’t smoke; avoid secondhand smoke and air pollution
  • avoid eating spicy foods
  • suck on a piece of hard candy, cough drop, or medicated lozenge every 2 to 4 hours
  • take an over-the-counter medicine for the pain and/or fever
  • if prescribed an antibiotic, take all of it

In Plymouth Magazine

Example Image

A New Day, A New Way of Giving

Thanks to life in the digital age, when information is as close as a swipe and a tap away, old-school philanthropy has been turned on its head. Donors want—and can find—more information about the causes and organizations they support. They want to feel confident that their gift is going to make a difference; and with […]

Example Image

Panther Pride: Ski Hard, Smile Big

Freydis Holla Einarsdottir ’19 came this close to competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Since coming to PSU, she’s been posting top finishes for the women’s ski team, and in March she became the first woman in Plymouth State history to compete in the NCAA Championships, the biggest race in collegiate ski racing. […]

Example Image

Round the Track

It’s been a long 30 years for supporters of Plymouth State’s track and field program, but the wait is finally over. For the first time since 1985, PSU’s track team hosted a meet December 12 at the new ALLWell North facility, which features an NCAA regulation 200-meter track, long- and high-jump pits, pole vault, and a weight area. For […]