Sore throat: treat it or go away on its own

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The account literally goes not for days, but for hours. You not only need to go to the doctor, you urgently need to call an ambulance. The main thing is to identify the danger in time and distinguish the pain that is removed by ordinary rinsing from the one with which the jokes are bad.

A sore throat can occur for many reasons: dry air, inhalation of tobacco, varnish, any chemicals, spicy, spicy food, too hot drinks – here the causal relationship is obvious to you. In such situations, as a rule, it is enough to rinse with decoctions of herbs (chamomile, calendula, eucalyptus) or a mixture of salt, soda and iodine (the latter should be used with caution: it can dry out the mucous even more).

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Sore throat with ARVI, as a rule, is accompanied by a slight (up to 38 C) fever. Symptoms can be alleviated by rinsing with herbs or soda. You can add rinsing with antiseptics, but it’s better not to get carried away: you can destroy your own flora, which provides protection against pathogenic microorganisms. As a result, local immunity is disturbed, which leads to the growth of pathogenic bacteria and constant perspiration, dryness and other unpleasant sensations.

Scarlet fever

The sore throat can be stronger than with ARVI (besides, scarlet fever is often combined with a sore throat), it can only be alleviated by using symptomatic treatment: resorption of tablets, rinsing. You can “identify” scarlet fever by the appearance of a rash – on the face, in the groin, on the bends of the elbows and knees. Such diseases are treated by infectious disease doctors based on the cause of the disease – using pathogen-specific therapy.


If the sore throat is very severe and is accompanied by a temperature of 38-39 degrees, general weakness and malaise, most likely, acute tonsillitis has begun, which is also called tonsillitis. Angina is dangerous because it can lead to serious complications: inflammatory processes in the heart, joints, kidneys, even paratonsillar abscess.

In this case, you can’t do with ordinary rinses – you need to see a doctor for prescribing therapy, which may include antibiotics. Without them, there is a risk of developing all of the above complications.

Peritonsillar abscess

With an abscess, pus accumulates in the tonsil area, as a result, it becomes painful to breathe, move your head, and it is almost impossible to swallow. With these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. “As soon as possible” is not “tomorrow if it doesn’t get better”, but literally within three hours.

Peritonsillar abscess can occur not only due to tonsillitis, but also in chronic tonsillitis during the period of complications. Asbcess can be suspected if the pain began to increase sharply despite rinsing, a high temperature (above 39) rose, severe salivation and spasm of the masticatory muscles occurred. In such a situation, the clock counts: it is important to call an ambulance as soon as possible. Most often, the abscess has to be opened and drained, otherwise it can lead to infectious-toxic shock, thrombophlebitis, sepsis, tissue necrosis and other life-threatening conditions.


A sore throat can also manifest dangerous infectious diseases. Not very strong, but not eliminated by rinsing, sore throat is characteristic of diphtheria. In addition to sore throat, there is general intoxication, swelling of the neck. Antibiotics do not save – the introduction of antitoxic serum in a hospital is required. Therefore, if you suspect toxic diphtheria, you should immediately call an ambulance.


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