Sore throat

Diagnosis & treatment for sore throat

Sore throat, or pharyngitis, features discomfort, pain, or difficulty swallowing, & is usually caused by viral or bacterial infection, most commonly a cold or ’flu.
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At our clinic, a doctor can diagnose the cause of your sore throat & discuss treatment options with you. If necessary, we can perform a throat swab to determine the nature of infection & prescribe the correct antibiotics.
Sore throat is often accompanied by a range of other symptoms, including:

Causes

In some cases of sore throat, no cause can be found. Around 25% of sore throats are a symptom of infection with a common cold or ’flu virus such as rhinovirus or parainfluenza virus, & are not long-lasting.
If your sore throat is more persistent, you may need to take specific antibiotics to clear your infection. Strep throat, which is an infection with the streptococcal bacteria, is another frequent cause, as well as tonsillitis.
In rarer cases, sore throat can be caused by adenovirus (which also causes conjunctivitis), herpes simplex virus type 1 (the cold sore virus), & Epstein Barr (EBV), the virus which causes glandular fever & mononucleosis (or “mono”).
In the case of a sore throat with a fever, other possible causes are epiglottis (an inflammation of throat tissue, which can affect breathing), abscess, or laryngitis.
Smoking & breathing in second-h& cigarette smoke is also a common cause of sore throat.

Symptoms

Swollen lymph glands in the neck & behind the ears
Body aches & pains, or sore muscles
Fatigue
Fever
Blocked or runny nose
Headache
Cough

What to do next?

If you are feeling unwell with a painful sore throat, or are experiencing recurrent or ongoing bouts of sore throat, please give us a call to make an appointment, or use our online booking system.

020 7323 1023
Harley Street Area, W1
020 7101 0355
City of London, EC3