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What's Going Around - June 18

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 We all dread getting that scratchy feeling in our throat.  It can be one of the first signs we're getting sick.  Sore throats are going around this week.

Dr. Emma Stoll from Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Family Medicine says it can be difficult to determine if a sore throat is viral or bacterial, but there are some clues.

Viral symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy chest
  • Itchy, red eyes
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Pain in the roof of the mouth

Bacterial symptoms include:

  • Severe throat pain
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands in the neck

While you may not need to see a doctor for a sore throat, it can become serious.  Dr. Stoll says there are symptoms that signal you should see a doctor, such as a fever of at least 101, severe throat pain or no improvement in 5-7 days.

She recommends calling 911 if any of the following occurs:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drooling because cannot swallow saliva
  • Swelling of the neck or tongue
  • Cannot move neck or trouble opening your mouth

Dr. Stoll says viral infections will not require antibiotics.  If you have strep throat, which is a bacterial infection, you will need antibiotics.  

Dr. Stoll also recommends trying the following to help with sore throats:

  • Gargle with hot salt water
  • Suck hard candy or throat lozenges
  • Wash hands often