A sore throat is a common problem people experience all throughout the year. Sometimes it can indicate a more serious underlying problem that requires additional treatment. Dr. David Astrachan and Dr. Craig Hecht of Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut help patients in Milford, Madison, and Hamden, Connecticut get to the bottom of their sore throats.
Dr. Astrachan and Dr. Hecht want patients to know that most sore throats come from an infection. That infection can be bacterial — such as in the case of strep throat — or viral — such as in the case of the flu or mono. Also, post-nasal drip from allergies can cause a sore throat. For patients with acid reflux, chronic sore throat from acid exposure can occur. Scheduling an appointment with one of the doctors at Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut is important because a sore throat is a generic term used to simply describe symptoms of discomfort and pain in the throat. A proper diagnosis to identify the underlying cause is encouraged.
In the past antibiotics were overprescribed for sore, red throats. Strep throat, a sore throat caused by a specific bacterial infection, does require antibiotics to cure. Antibiotics do nothing to cure sore throats from viruses, and prescribing them can actually be harmful when they aren't needed.
Avoiding contact with bacteria and viruses is the best protection against a sore throat infection. Hand washing, rest, and fluids to boost the immune system are all key to protecting against sore throat.
Patients with a sore throat need to find the cause and treat that, if possible. For example, strep throat needs an antibiotic, while a sore throat from acid reflux or allergies can be treated by treating those underlying conditions. For those with viral sore throats, soothing remedies like honey, warm tea, throat lozenges, or warm salt water gargles may help. If the throat is very sore, over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications are helpful. For more advice about soothing a sore throat, contact Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut.
At Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut, we accept most major insurance plans including Medicare. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Hecht was dilligent in pursuing a cause for my symptoms and ultimately caught and corrected a life-threatening condition."
"Recently had a septoplasty performed by Dr. Astrachan and he did an amazing job and I'm only a week into my new nose. . Nose looks great and I can breathe once again..."