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What’s Causing Your Sore Throat?

While we’re still dealing with winter weather, spring is on the horizon. As excited as you may be, it’s possible that you’re the type of person who typically suffers from sore throats as the weather begins to change.

The best treatment for a sore throat depends on the cause. Don’t assume that it’s simply weather-related. Here are some of the most common causes:

  • Viral infections: The most common cause of a sore throat is a viral infection, such as the common cold, flu, or mononucleosis. These infections cause inflammation and swelling in the throat, leading to a sore throat.

  • Bacterial infections: Bacterial infections, such as streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat), can also cause a sore throat. Strep throat is a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects the throat and tonsils.

  • Allergies: Allergic reactions can cause a sore throat as well. Allergies to dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens can cause inflammation and swelling in the throat, leading to a sore throat. This is common during the spring months when pollen and other environmental allergens become more common.

  • Dry air: Dry air, such as that found in air-conditioned rooms, can cause a sore throat due to the lack of moisture in the air. This can cause the throat to become dry and irritated, leading to a sore throat.

  • Acid reflux: Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can cause a sore throat. Acid from the stomach can travel up the esophagus and irritate the throat, leading to a sore throat.

Once you pinpoint the cause of your sore throat, you can then take action to remedy it as quickly as possible.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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