Pharyngitis in general is the inflammation of the pharynx, which occurs in the far back of the nasal canal. Although acute pharyngitis, which appears in sudden and severe inflammations, is easier to treat than the chronic one, it may lead to more severe diseases if not cured properly.
Common Symptoms Of Bacterial Pharyngitis
Acute pharyngitis, which is commonly caused by viral and rarely by fungal infections, may also appear as a result of some bacteria, one of which is Group A streptococcus. The main bacterial pharyngitis symptom is sore throat. However, there are several other symptoms you may suffer during bacterial pharyngitis, such as;
- Fever (usually high-grade)
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Red throat
- Headache, earache, muscle and joint aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Postnasal drip, and
How To Treat Bacterial Pharyngitis
It is usually much easier and faster to treat acute pharyngitis when compared to chronic pharyngitis. Yet, your doctor will probably prescribe antibiotics in cases of severe bacterial pharyngitis. Apart from antibiotics, you may have to use one or more of these medicine as well, depending on the type and the severity of your symptoms:
- Anti-inflammatory painkillers
- Cough syrup
- Nasal spray
Home Care And Herbal Remedies For Acute Pharyngitis
In addition to the medication your doctor prescribed, you should also,
- Rest well
- Stay away from dust and dirt
- Not consume coffee or tea excessively
- Avoid smoking and alcohol, and
- Drink plenty of water.
You can also try herbal home remedies to treat your pharyngitis. However, always consult your doctor in advance to avoid any complications. Some of the popular herbal remedies for pharyngitis are;
- Marshmallow root, and
Finally, as in all diseases, an early diagnosis will certainly cure your symptoms fast, so don’t neglect to have long lasting sore throat checked out.