Question: When Should You Go To The ER For A Sore Throat?

When to Go to the ER for Cough or Sore Throat

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • High fever.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Inability to swallow.
  • Muffled voice.
  • Inability to open mouth all the way.
  • Significant swelling on one side of the throat, which may indicate an abscess of the tonsil.

Can you go to the emergency room for sore throat?

“Always call your primary care doctor before you go to either an emergency room or urgent care,” Teumer said. Urgent care clinics provide medical care for such ailments as a sore throat, cold, flu, ear ache, migraine, urinary tract infections or low-grade fever.

Does strep get worse before it gets better?

A sore throat will usually go away within a few days (although other symptoms may persist). On the other hand, strep symptoms can last longer and even get worse if not treated. After you start taking antibiotics for your strep infection, however, you should feel better within 48 hours.

What can you do for a severe sore throat?

Warm liquids — broth, caffeine-free tea or warm water with honey — and cold treats such as ice pops can soothe a sore throat. Gargle with saltwater. A saltwater gargle of 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (1.25 to 2.50 milliliters) of table salt to 4 to 8 ounces (120 to 240 milliliters) of warm water can help soothe a sore throat.

When should I be concerned about swollen tonsils?

If you have swollen tonsils that last for more than one or two days, see your doctor. You should also seek medical treatment if your tonsils are so swollen that you have trouble breathing or sleeping, or if they’re accompanied by a high fever or severe discomfort.

How do you know if you have strep throat or just a sore throat?

Signs and symptoms of strep throat are very similar to an ordinary sore throat, but in general strep throat has: Just a sore throat without cough/cold symptoms like a runny nose or congestion. Swollen lymph nodes (right below the earlobes) Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes accompanied by white patches or streaks.

How do you know if tonsillitis is bacterial or viral?

If your tonsillitis is caused by a bacterial infection, such as a streptococcal infection, your symptoms will usually be more severe and you may also have bad breath. It’s difficult to tell just by looking at a person’s throat whether they have tonsillitis as a result of a virus or a bacterial infection.

How long does throat pain from strep last?

Viral pharyngitis often goes away in five to seven days. If you have bacterial pharyngitis, you will feel better after you have taken antibiotics for two to three days. You must take your antibiotic even when you are feeling better. If you don’t take all of it, your sore throat could come back.

How did I get strep C?

Group C and G streptococcal infections are largely spread through secretions of the nose and throat of infected people, or person-to-person spread through direct contamination of wounds. Other types of Streptococcus bacteria can be spread from animals to humans and from humans to animals.

How long does it take for antibiotics to make you feel better?

Antibiotics begin to work right after you start taking them. However, you might not feel better for two to three days. How quickly you get better after antibiotic treatment varies. It also depends on the type of infection you’re treating.