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Sore throat to swallow? Here are 4 causes

KONTAN.CO.ID – JAKARTA. There are many things that cause a sore throat to swallow. Starting from trivial factors to more serious health conditions. Usually, the pain is felt not only in the throat, but also in the mouth and chest.

Colds, flu, or sinusitis are the most common culprits. Before you feel a sore throat, your symptoms can include coughing and a runny nose. To treat colds, you need to drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest time.

However, if your sore throat is caused by flu or sinusitis, you need to get checked out immediately so you can get proper treatment. Web MD (webmd.com) says that allowing sinusitis can actually irritate and make your condition worse.

Apart from these few things, there are many other causes that you need to be aware of. For example, sore throat, other viral infections, fungal infections, irritation due to certain drugs or foods, GERD, and so on.

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Strep Throat

Strep throat is a sore throat that results from a bacterial infection. Apart from causing a sore throat to swallow, a bacterial infection can also cause other symptoms, such as fever and swollen lymph nodes.

Herpes Simplex Virus

Viral infection can be one of the causes of sore throat to swallow

Another sore throat cause mentioned by Web MD is the herpes simplex virus. This condition can heal in a few days. To speed up the healing process, avoid acidic and stressful foods and increase your rest time.

Medicine and Food

Certain medications and foods can cause irritation when they get stuck in the throat. To avoid this, try to take medicine with at least half a glass of water. After that, sit up straight for 10 minutes so that the medicine doesn’t get caught.

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Apart from causing a burning sensation or chest pain, GERD can also cause a sore throat to swallow. This is because the acid in the stomach returns to the mouth. This condition can also cause you to feel nauseous and vomiting.

If the condition recurs frequently, for example, more than twice a week, consult a doctor immediately. That way, the doctor will prescribe a drug according to your condition. Regulating the food you consume daily can also be done to prevent the more severe effects of GERD.

Editor: Belladina Biananda