Sore Throat



Sore Throat | Central Texas ENT Associates


Sore throats triggered by allergens can cause you much distress. Referred to medically as pharyngitis, sore throats are derived from allergens that irritate and inflame your pharynx (throat). Generally symptoms correlated with a sore throat vanish without any medical treatment, but seeking advice from a certified allergist is suggested if your symptoms get worse and do not subside within a week.

Symptoms & Causes

Sore throats that are not induced by viruses or bacteria - are from pollen, dirt, dander, or mold that enters into your air passage and produces a response from the immune system. Allergy caused sore throats can be further aggravated by other conditions like: strep throat, dryness, or stomach reflux.

Diagnosis & Treatment

The physician will do a physical assessment and probably ask you some questions. You may be screened for bacteria with a saliva sample obtained by a throat swab. Confirmation that an allergic reaction could be the trigger of your symptoms can be assessed with an allergy skin test or blood test. Depending on your doctor’s medical findings, he or she may advise you on home treatment options. It is essential to get enough sleep to quicken the recovery process. To alleviate pain from a sore throat you should attempt to eat foods that are warm and thick, such as honey or soup. Gargling saltwater is another way you can relieve some pain. To ensure the air you breathe is not dry and harmful, it is recommended that you use an air humidifier. Allergy immunotherapy shots or allergy drops may be advised by your physician should your allergies linger or induce serious pain.

Sore Throat Prevention

To learn more or have an appointment scheduled, call Central Texas ENT and Associates at 325-646-9956.

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