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About Chronic Sore Throat

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It is not uncommon for Americans to occasionally experience sore throat. However, chronic sore throat may be indicative of a more serious underlying condition. Unlike typical sore throat due to the common cold or dry weather, chronic sore throat typically persists for longer than three months. In addition, patients that suffer from this condition often find that the condition interferes with daily activities of normal living, such as attending work and social functions.

Research is yet to pinpoint how many Americans actually suffer from persistent sore throats. However, the chronic condition frequently affects both adults and children. An accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of the condition is critical when forming an effective treatment plan. The medical team at miVIP specializes in utilizing the latest diagnostic techniques and minimally invasive treatments, including sinus image-guided surgery.

Causes of Sore Throats

There are numerous underlying causes of this chronic ailment, and some causes could have highly detrimental consequences if left untreated. Several common causes of recurring sore throats include the following:

  • Infections including strep throat and tonsillitis
  • Untreated allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever
  • Smoking habits
  • Viral infections
  • Regularly inhaling toxins or pollutants
  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Frequent Symptoms

Most adults are familiar with the symptoms of a sore throat. A chronic sore throat often presents similar symptoms to a typical sore throat. Frequently seen symptoms include:

  • Aching, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms
  • Inflamed and irritated throat
  • Difficulty swallowing and eating
  • Persistent coughing
  • Swollen lymph nodes around the neck
  • Pus formation in the back of the throat
  • Runny nose and persistent sinus drainage

The persistent symptoms often result in various forms of depression due to chronic pain, chronic feelings of physical illness, and the inability to eat properly.

Treating Chronic Sore Throats in Individual Patients

A few common interventions used to the same chronic condition with different underlying causes are:

  • Tonsillectomy – Tonsillectomy is also referred to as tonsil removal. It is a highly effective surgery in which the tonsils and any necessary surrounding tissues are removed.
  • Pharmaceuticals – Different types of medication can be the right solution for patients that suffer from sore throat due to allergic rhinitis (allergies) or GERD.
  • Quitting smoking – Cigarette smoke can severely irritate the throat and cause cancer. Quitting smoking is an effective behavioral intervention.
  • Sinus image-guided surgerySinus image-guided surgery allows surgeons to get a detailed map of each patient’s individual nasal cavity. The map is loaded into a computerized system that is integrated with all surgical tools to optimize results.

Contact miVIP Today

Contact us today at 877-956-2263 to schedule an appointment. Find the underlying cause of your chronic sore throat, and find a solution that will help you experience a higher quality of living.

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