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Sore throats and coughs are highly common during flu season. They can also be contagious and lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Take steps to prevent illness and transmission to others by washing your hands frequently and not sharing cups and utensils.

Causes and Symptoms for a Sore Throat

A sore throat can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Throat soreness can also occur from irritants and allergens in the air. When you have a sore throat, you may feel a scratching or burning sensation and find it difficult to talk or swallow. Other symptoms may include a fever, nausea, body aches, coughing, runny nose or sneezing.

At Home Sore Throat Treatment

There are things you can do at home that may relieve your sore throat symptoms. Try throat lozenges or gargle with salt water. Drink plenty of water, and use a dehumidifier. Warm fluids, such as tea or soup, can thin mucus and soothe the throat. If symptoms persist for more than a few days, seek medical attention.

When to Seek Urgent Care Treatment for a Sore Throat

Seek medical treatment at Rapid Immediate Care right away if you experience blood in your saliva, a lump in your throat or a fever over 101 degrees. If you develop a rash or have trouble breathing or swallowing, it could mean that you have a bacterial infection or strep throat. Individuals with a compromised immune system should be examined by a medical professional if they develop a sore throat.

Fast, Quality Healthcare for Sore Throat Symptoms

If you are dealing with a persistent sore throat, you may want to seek medical care at an urgent care center. At Rapid Immediate Care, we can diagnose the cause of your sore throat and recommend the best treatment. Receive same day medical care for a sore throat by making an appointment today.

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