Sore Throat Specialist

Stephen M. Herman, MD

Internal Medicine located in Savannah, GA

Strep throat and other conditions that cause a sore throat often come along with fever, swallowing difficulty, and other frustrating issues. At Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC in Savannah, Georgia, caring physician Stephen M. Herman, MD, can help you overcome your sore throat to feel like yourself again. Use the online appointment scheduler now, or call the office to book your appointment today.

Sore Throat Q & A

Why do sore throats happen?

A sore throat, which can range from a mild discomfort to terrible pain, happens when your throat gets inflamed. Often, this inflammation starts with an illness like a cold, the flu, or strep throat. Other possible reasons for a sore throat include chronic cigarette smoking, chemical exposure, and heartburn.

No matter what the cause of your sore throat, you need relief as fast as possible. To get sore throat relief, you first need to get an accurate diagnosis.

How does the doctor diagnose a sore throat?

Dr. Herman starts by performing a careful exam, checking for symptoms including:

  • Red throat
  • Fever
  • Swollen neck glands
  • White spots in your throat

You'll discuss your symptoms with Dr. Herman as well. You may have symptoms like chills, swallowing difficulty, exhaustion, and poor appetite when you have a sore throat.

Dr. Herman will determine whether your sore throat is viral or bacterial based on your symptoms and a quick throat swab. In most cases, Dr. Herman can make a diagnosis and begin your treatment immediately.

What is the treatment for a sore throat?

Sore throat treatment depends on the cause of your pain. If your sore throat comes from a bacterial infection like strep, Dr. Herman typically prescribes antibiotics. Within just a few days of taking your antibiotics, you'll feel much better — but you should finish all of your medicine to make sure the infection is all gone.

If you have a sore throat caused by a virus, antibiotics won't help with your symptoms. However, Dr. Herman can recommend some things you can do to feel more comfortable. Usually, with a viral sore throat, you simply need to make sure that you do the following things:

  • Lots of rest
  • Plenty of liquids
  • Gargle with a salt-water solution
  • Avoid talking too much
  • Use a vaporizer in the room where you're resting
  • Don't smoke, and avoid second-hand smoke as much as possible

Most viral sore throats resolve within less than a week. If you're still not feeling well after that time, get in touch with Dr. Herman for advice.

Don't let your sore throat keep you down. Schedule your appointment for sore throat help at Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC using the online tool or by phone now.