Sore Throat Treatment at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Country Walk
Sore throat treatment can vary based on the underlying cause, which may be a viral or bacterial infection. Even so, the symptoms are usually similar and may include fever, hoarseness, and difficulty swallowing. In general, if the soreness persists for more than two days, you are encouraged to consult with the medical professionals at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Country Walk. With fast and accurate lab testing capabilities on-site, we can provide you with the appropriate diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your sore throat and recommend the best treatment.
A sore throat that results from a viral infection, such as a cold or flu, can usually be safely treated at home. For instance, the physicians at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care –Country Walk often recommend the following at-home sore throat treatment approaches:
- Gargling with warm salt water
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
- Sucking on a throat lozenge, piece of hard candy, or frozen ice pop as needed
- Using a humidifier
Strep throat is a more serious and highly contagious condition caused by a type of bacteria known as streptococcus. For this type of sore throat, treatment may involve a course of antibiotics, which can reduce the duration and severity of symptoms, the length of time the infection can potentially spread to others, and the risk of complications. For instance, if left untreated, strep throat can worsen and lead to more serious conditions, such as rheumatic fever and kidney inflammation (glomerulonephritis). If antibiotics are prescribed, it is very important to finish taking all of the medication, even if you start to feel better.
In addition to sore throat treatment, UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Country Walk is available to address all of your non-life-threatening illness, injury, and preventive care needs. We welcome walk-ins; in fact, no appointments or referrals are ever required. We’re pleased to provide convenient and affordable urgent care services for people who are facing non-emergency situations – without the wait for a primary care doctor or the expense of a hospital emergency room.