If you have a long lasting discomfort and scratchiness in your throat, or difficulty in swallowing, you may be suffering from pharyngitis, which is simply the inflammation of the pharynx. You may also call it a sore throat if you are looking for an even simpler definition.
Hospital Or Self-Treatment
Some of the best drugs for pharyngitis are the natural ones. When you have a sore throat, you can always try herbal treatment such as sage, thyme, licorice, marshmallow root, and chamomile tea. Also, you may rest at home, take some painkillers or gargle with salt water to alleviate the pain. However,
- If you can feel that your lymph nodes are swollen,
- If you have been suffering from a sore throat for more than a week,
- If you have a high fever, or
- If you can see a reddish rash in your palate (the roof of your mouth),
You should definitely visit the otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) clinic in a hospital.
Treatment With Medicine In Pharyngitis
The disease is generally caused by viruses, and when this is the case, antiviral medicines are the suitable drugs for your pharyngitis. Antibiotics are used when pharyngitis is caused by bacteria. If used in viral infections, they have the adverse effect of making bacteria resistant to medication. Some of the most common antibiotics prescribed for pharyngitis are penicillin, amoxicillin, or erythromycin, but remember that in order to prevent the disease from worsening or reoccurring; you should take the entire course of the antibiotics.
In addition to antibiotics, you may be given painkillers or antihistamines for pain and fever; and also gargle, and nasal spray for relief. Throat lozenges may also help soothe the pain and scratchiness in your throat.