Sore Throat Alert

February 27, 2020


Sore Throat Alert Min

Sore throat is common, especially during the cold season. It is usually a symptom of cold, flu, laryngitis or tonsillitis. Sore throat resolves spontaneously within a few days. However, what if your throat still feels swollen, itchy and scratchy even after a week?

 

Here are the possible complications associated with sore throat, especially when left untreated:

 

1. Worsen sleep apnea

  •  The pain from sore throat can disrupt your sleeping pattern and worsen sleep apnea.1


2. Dehydration

  • When you have a sore throat, naturally, you will have difficulty swallowing. If left untreated, dehydration may be a concern since you will consume less liquids due to your sore throat. In addition, you may have trouble getting enough nutrition as you will most likely eat less due to the pain.1


3. Higher risk of developing medical problems

  • You may also be at more risk of developing sinusitis, ear infections, and respiratory infections.1


If you are still feeling uneasy about your sore throat, consult your doctor especially if you have these other symptoms:

  • High fever without other cold symptoms.
  • Flu-like symptoms: body malaise easy fatigability, headache, etc.
  • Persistent pain and dryness of throat of more than two weeks duration.

Sore throat is not as simple as it may seem. It can worsen or maybe a sign of debilitating disease. Do not take chances. See your doctor whenever possible.

 

Sources:

  1. “Symptoms of sore throat” [Retrieved from: https://www.verywellhealth.com/symptoms-of-sore-throat-770767#complications. Last accessed on August 6, 2019]
  2. “When should I call my doctor about a sore throat” [Retrieved from: https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/qa/when-should-i-call-my-doctor-about-a-sore-throat. Last accessed on August 6, 2019]