You don’t need to get confused about which doctor to consult when you suffer from chronic pharyngitis, since the symptoms which may include difficulty in swallowing, lingering discomfort or scratchiness in the throat, are all about the throat in particular. Therefore, when you have one of these symptoms, all you have to do is visit the otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) clinic in a hospital.
In most cases, the diagnosis of a chronic pharyngitis is a simple task based on your complaints and a physical exam. Thus, you should not neglect to have severe or long lasting sore throats checked out in order for the cure to be simpler and faster. However, if your doctor suspects another cause of your pharyngitis, they may need to examine your throat culture and blood as well.
The treatment of chronic pharyngitis is often more difficult than that of acute pharyngitis. Moreover, the disease may not be cured thoroughly in some cases. To decide on the treatment method, the doctor should firstly make sure whether there is another factor causing the disease or not. In case any factor leading to chronic pharyngitis is detected, it should be treated first of all. The doctor may prescribe medicine such as antibiotics (for frequent infection of the tonsils), antihistamines, gargle, painkillers and nasal spray. Also, the patient should pay attention to some conditions:
- Resting for a considerable period of time
- Avoiding very hot and very cold beverages, smoking and alcohol
- Trying to keep warm
- Drinking plenty of water to prevent the dryness of the throat
- Staying away from dust and dirt
Apart from medication and home care, you may also benefit from natural treatment ways to cope with chronic pharyngitis. Some of the most popular ones are;
- Marshmallow root, and
- Chamomile tea