Severe Sore throat - Tonsillitus Confusion
By Maisy Day
What we normal folk (as we would like to believe that we are) call a sore throat is referred to in medical terms as pharyngitis. A sore throat can be quite painful when the patient attempts to swallow food or liquids, the soreness from this can be unbearable - so therefore the sufferer tends to go with out - due to their inability to eat - up to an extent where they starve themselves to avoid the discomfort. And if you enjoy getting up behind a microphone to give a song - forget it - because karaoke is definitely out of the question.
A sore throat is normally caused by a virus infection. Soreness in the throat may not only be the main symptom, you may experience loss of voice, hoarseness, cough, high fever, feeling nauseated, lethargic. At this time you may notice the glands in your neck swelling. A person suffering from a throat infection will do their best in holding back with a coughing bout - purely because of the pain. Over a period of time (a couple of days) the symptoms can worsen but can gradually disappear within seven days. If it persists speak with your doctor.
Depending on the severity (severe) a sore throat is some times thought of by the biggest majority of people as having tonsillitis. What is tonsillitis - well it is an infection of the tonsils at the back of the mouth. It is quite understandable for why the confusion between both (sore throat/tonsillitis) because the symptoms are very similar like sore throat signs. With tonsillitis you may notice at the back of your mouth some pus which resembles white spots which appear to look like enlarged red tonsils. In other words - inflamed and swollen.
There are many available options in the form of medicines to help ease the pain from a sore throat. However, some people opt not to take medication, and endure the pain that comes with the ailment. Drink plenty of fluids if possible - because without realizing it - you can become mildly dehydrated when not quenching the thirst. More suffering and misery can rise from this.
Painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen are common pain relievers.
Always consult your doctor first before taking any medication - especially tablets or pills not prescribed by a person in the medical profession. Medicines purchased over the chemist counter can help but make sure you follow the instructions accordingly.
Throat and tonsil infections are nearly always connected to a virus, although some can be caused by bacteria. Medical tests are the only way to decipher which is which. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if a bacterium is present, however they do not kill viruses. Bear in mind that not all antibiotics are thought to make much difference when going to work on bacteria. Every one differs greatly in their needs for a cure (treatment) the reason for this is - because we all suffer differently.
Your immune system usually clears these infections within a few days. Antibiotics are known to cause side affects so you need to be aware of this. Trouble controlling the bowels, diarrhoea, rash, and stomach upsets are all ailments of the side affects involved. If in doubt always check it out with a doctor - in case the sore throat could be the beginning of some other illness.
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