About Chronic Sore ThroatsWhile many Americans experience a sore throat sometime in their life, chronic sore throats are reoccurring, and may be a sign of another underlying condition. Chronic sore throats usually persist for more than three months, and can make completing your daily activities difficult. It can even make you miss an excessive amount of work.
It is hard to say just how many Americans suffer from this chronic condition; however it can affect both adults and children. Thankfully, chronic sore throat can usually be treated by eliminating the underlying root cause of the problem. The surgical team at miVIP can help.
Causes of Chronic Sore ThroatChronic sore throats can be caused by a variety of conditions, including:
- Strep Throat
- Inhaling pollutants
- GERD (GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease)
Common Chronic Sore Throat SymptomsThe symptoms of a sore throat are pretty easy to identify, and include the following:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Inflamed, red throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Pus formation in the back of the throat
- Runny nose
- Difficulty eating
Treating Chronic Sore ThroatTreating chronic sore throat involves identifying and fixing the cause of the condition. While some of these conditions can be easily treated with antibiotics, other may require more extensive treatment. Some of the most common treatments include:
- Sinus-image guided surgery: After getting a detailed map of your nasal cavity, the information is put into a computerized system that integrates with the physician’s tools. The surgeon can then identify the structure of your nose and perform surgery with unsurpassed precision. Sinus-image guided surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that maximizes results.
- Tonsillectomy: If your sore throat stems from tonsillitis, a tonsillectomy should clear up the sore throat.
- Medication: If your sore throat is cause by GERD or allergies, medication may help.
- Stop Smoking: Smoke can severely irritate your throat, and even cause cancer.
- Hydrate: It is important to make sure the patient is properly hydrated, as eating and drinking may be a problem.