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5 signs your sore throat could be serious

November 29, 2019


5 signs your sore throat could be serious. A sore throat is a common health complaint,
especially amongst children. While most sore throats are a result of a
cold or flu virus, hay fever or other allergies, they can also be a symptom of a more serious
conditions. The South African Pharmacist’s Assistant recommends
seeing a doctor as soon as possible if any of these factors apply to you: 1. Swelling of the neck and/or tongue. Swelling and pain in the neck is often the
result of inflamed or enlarged lymph glands, the NHS explains. Lymph glands (also called nodes) often swell
in response to an infection in the body. Swollen glands can be caused by tonsilitis,
glandular fever and even the common cold. Unfortunately, glandular inflammation can
also be a symptom of cancer, HIV, lupus and syphilis. As in the neck, swelling in the tongue coupled
with a sore throat is usually caused by an infection such as pharyngitis, tonsilitis,
strep throat or laryngitis. Because swelling in the tongue can restrict
breathing, it is always best to seek medical treatment immediately. 2. A skin rash. A skin rash along with a sore throat is often
an indication of childhood illnesses such as chickenpox, measles and rubella, Medline
Plus explains. These conditions can be severe, leading to
secondary infections or even death. 3. Fever. A sore throat can often be accompanied by
fever – especially in children suffering from a viral or bacterial infection. In babies and young children, a fever should
always be taken seriously. If your child’s temperature measures over
37°C or you suspect your child has a fever but have no thermometer to measure their temperature,
seek medical attention urgently. Untreated fever in babies and young children
can result in serious complications such as seizures. 4. Stiff neck. A stiff neck together with a sore throat are
signs of meningitis – a serious, life-threatening infection of the membranes surrounding the
brain and spinal cord. Those suffering from meningitis often have
difficulty moving their chin towards their chest. Other symptoms can include fever, nausea,
vomiting and sensitivity to light. 5. Drooling. Drooling with a sore throat may be a sign
that that the sick person is having difficulty swallowing. This should be addressed quickly, especially
in children, as difficulty swallowing can result in dehydration and other complications. Other scenarios that warrant a trip to the
doctor: – Sore throat lasts longer than seven days
or that has not responded to treatment after a week – If you are pregnant and notice any other
symptoms, especially fever – If you suffer from an immune-comprising
condition such as diabetes, HIV or cancer Remember, when in doubt, phone your doctor
to see if you need to book an appointment. When it comes to health, it is always best
to be safe rather than sorry.

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