What is a sore throat?
Most children get a sore throat (pharyngitis) every now and then. Usually, a sore throat feels like an irritated, raw, or scratchy sensation in the back of the throat with the pain worsening when they swallow. At times, sore throats clear up on their own. If a sore throat persists or gets worse, it could be a sign of an infection, such as tonsillitis (tonsil inflammation), strep throat, a cold, the flu, or mononucleosis. A sore throat may be accompanied by a fever, cough, runny nose, throat swelling, or trouble swallowing. At Cross Timbers ENT, our specialists diagnose and treat pediatric throat problems at our locations in Arlington, Mansfield, and Midlothian, TX.
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Treatment for a sore throat
When your child complains of a sore throat, there are a few ways to help ease the pain:
- Drink plenty of liquids
- Eat cold foods, like popsicles
- Stick with soft food
- Gargle with warm salt water
- Try warm fluids, like chicken broth
- Use throat sprays or lozenges
If symptoms persist for more than a day, it's probably time to see the doctor. The professionals at Cross Timbers ENT will examine your child's throat and may perform a rapid strep test to rule out strep throat. Based on the diagnosis, the appropriate treatment will be given, such as prescription medication. For bacterial infections, we can prescribe antibiotics. If your child has chronic tonsillitis, we may recommend tonsil removal surgery.
Relieve a sore throat
A sore throat is a common complaint among children, but it can sometimes indicate strep throat or another infection. If your child has a persistent or recurring sore throat, contact the expert team at Cross Timbers ENT. Our doctors diagnose and treat throat problems to help kids get back to feeling better. We offer convenient care at all of our North Texas locations so schedule an appointment today.