It never fails. You are in the middle of holiday break and—bam—sore throat! Now that you finally have a chance to enjoy time off of school and work, you are hit with a sore throat.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway wants to offer some insight into what causes a sore throat and when to seek medical attention. Read on as we take a look.

What Is My Sore Throat a Sign Of?

A sore throat is a common symptom for many different medical conditions, including a cold, the flu and even seasonal allergies. So, how can you tell if your sore throat is actually strep?

If you have strep throat, you will likely experience a number of other symptoms along with a sore throat. And those symptoms will likely stick around for longer, making it important to seek medical attention.

Symptoms of Strep Throat

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • High fever

When Should I See a Doctor for My Sore Throat?

If you have a high fever and a severe sore throat, it is important that you see a doctor immediately to rule out a more severe illness.

But if your throat is just sore and no fever is present, you may be able to find relief with at-home remedies.

Treatment for Sore Throat

  • Add a drop of honey to tea.
  • Gargle with salt water.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Take an OTC pain reliever.
  • Take a steam shower.
  • Try throat lozenges.
  • Use a humidifier.

We’re looking forward to serving the Knoxville area! Our AFC Chapman Highway location opens to the community in January.