Urgent Care for Sore Throat
A sore throat can be uncomfortable and painful, but it is not usually indicative of an emergency. However, if you or a loved one suddenly has difficulty breathing or swallowing, or experiences excessive drooling, this should be considered an emergency, and medical attention should be sought immediately. If the sufferer cannot breathe, call 9-1-1. However, if a sore throat is severe after two to three days, or if it persists for five to seven days, we recommend you seek urgent care for sore throat at our Flushing, NYC, location. Our doctors are available around the clock, 365 days a year to help patients receive the prompt treatment they need for emergency symptoms. While emergency rooms and general practices always require a wait, we are fully equipped to treat patients on arrival. Please contact us if you or a loved one is experiencing emergency sore throat symptoms.
What Are Some of the Causes of a Sore Throat?
In general, there are four primary causes of a sore throat:
- Allergies such as pollen, dust, or pet dander, and the accompanying post-nasal drip that often occurs.
- Viruses, such as the common cold, the flu, or mononucleosis.
- Bacterial infections, such as an upper respiratory infection or strep throat.
- A physical injury or some kind of trauma to the throat itself
Symptoms will vary, but they can include fever, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and earache. In some cases, a sore throat is a symptom of an asthma attack, and we are fully prepared to treat these cases as well.
About Strep Throat
Strep throat is a bacterial infection in the throat and tonsils. Although some believe that any type of sore throat is strep (caused by the streptococcal bacteria), that is not actually the case. It is more common for sore throats to be caused by a viral infection rather than the strep bacteria.
Strep is usually accompanied by symptoms including:
- Severe sore throat
- Pain when swallowing
- White or yellow spots on bright red, inflamed tissue
- Body aches
- Skin rash
The strep bacteria is airborne, so it can be passed from one person to the next when an infected person breathes, sneezes, or coughs. If you come into contact with strep, symptoms will begin to present in about two to five days.
If you visit a doctor about strep, he or she will do a physical exam and order a throat culture or rapid strep test. The rapid test provides quick results in about 10 minutes. The throat culture will take one or two days at the lab, but it identifies strep more accurately.
While emergency rooms and general practices always require a wait, we are fully equipped to treat patients on arrival.
Immediate Treatment for Persistent or Emergency Sore Throat
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of an emergency sore throat, we are here to help you right now. Even if you are not experiencing an emergency, we encourage you to keep our contact information and addresses accessible on your phone or elsewhere in the event of an emergency. Our doctors are experienced in providing immediate, effective care under the most urgent circumstances, and we are always available to provide the treatment you need.