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What Causes Recurring Sore Throats?

HI I am getting sore throat often. sometimes it will go after two days of warm salt water gargle . But sometimes when sore throat comes then will get headache and body feeling cold and looks like i am going to get fever.Even i my childhood times i have tonsillitis problem . but that was quite long ago. well the last sore throat was happend a few years back. From Jan 2016 to till now I am often getting sore throat. kindly advise me what treatment i should go for
Tue, 2 Aug 2016
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Sore throat is mostly cause by infection from viruses and bacteria even though allergies, sinus infections, reflux and tumors can also contribute.Mostly caused by viral infections but long duration of symptoms and recurrence will need further investigation.A throat swap test/culture will be helpful here.In the meantime, the following home remedies will help: Increase liquid intake, Warm tea with honey, Use a steamer or humidifier in your bedroom, Gargle with warm salt water several times daily,Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen.
You will need to see a Doctor given the recurrence of your symptoms to examine your throat and judge the need for antibiotics.
Hope my answer will help you
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What Causes Recurring Sore Throats?

Hi Sore throat is mostly cause by infection from viruses and bacteria even though allergies, sinus infections, reflux and tumors can also contribute.Mostly caused by viral infections but long duration of symptoms and recurrence will need further investigation.A throat swap test/culture will be helpful here.In the meantime, the following home remedies will help: Increase liquid intake, Warm tea with honey, Use a steamer or humidifier in your bedroom, Gargle with warm salt water several times daily,Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen. You will need to see a Doctor given the recurrence of your symptoms to examine your throat and judge the need for antibiotics. Hope my answer will help you Best regards