The inflammation of the pharynx, which occurs in the back of the roof of the mouth most probably means that you have pharyngitis. The sudden and severe inflammations in the throat are indications of acute pharyngitis. It is easier to treat acute pharyngitis than to treat the chronic one; however if not cured properly, it may lead to more severe diseases.
There are a number of symptoms of acute pharyngitis, which will unfortunately make you feel a lot of pain in your throat. Some of these symptoms are sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, pain in the head, ear, muscle and joints, swollen lymph nodes, hoarseness, cough, red throat, a usually high-grade fever, and malaise.
Acute Pharyngitis Treatment
Viral infections are the main cause of acute pharyngitis, yet it is rarely caused by fungal infections as well. For viral infections you may use analgesics or antipyretics like Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen. Your otorhinolaryngologist may suggest you rest at home and use some medicine to reduce pain and fever such as anti-inflammatory painkillers. You may also be given antihistamines, gargle, cough syrup or nasal spray to alleviate the symptoms. Yet, it may also appear as a result of some bacteria, and in that situation your doctor will prescribe you antibiotics such as penicillin, azithromycin, or erythromycin.
As in all diseases, protecting yourself from the causes plays an important role in staying healthy. There are also some simple ways to prevent pharyngitis:
- Learn about the disease in order to be able to stay away from it,
- Frequently wash your hands (particularly when you blow your nose),
- Pay attention to hygiene if someone at your home has pharyngitis (separate their towels, plates, etc. and wash them carefully),
- And finally get rest until you fully recover.