Sore Throat

Sore Throat

Sore Throat services offered in Modesto, CA

Developing a sore throat is often one of the first warning signs of an infection. Before you get so sick you start missing work or school, schedule a sore throat evaluation with Amrik S. Basi, MD, at Elite Urgent Care in Modesto, California. The caring team also welcomes walk-in visits if you have a sore throat, but to lessen your wait time, you can certainly request an appointment online or over the phone.

What causes a sore throat?

If you feel itching, scratching, or irritation sensations each time you take a deep breath or swallow, you could be getting sick. Some of the most likely causes of a sore throat include:

  • Seasonal flu
  • Common cold
  • Mononucleosis (mono)
  • Bacterial infections, including strep throat

A sore throat doesn’t necessarily mean you’re sick, though. Your throat can also feel dry and itchy due to:

  • Inhaled allergies
  • Poor air quality and pollution
  • Dry air, including indoor heat circulation
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Muscle strains from yelling or talking for long periods

No matter what’s causing your sore throat, it’s important not to ignore it. After all, your condition may worsen if you’re sick and don’t start the proper treatment right away.

When should I see a doctor for a sore throat?

The team at Elite Urgent Care understand how debilitating a sore throat can be, as well as how quickly it can progress. They welcome you to come to the clinic as soon as your sore throat begins. It’s particularly important to have a sore throat evaluation if you experience:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Rashes
  • Earaches
  • Night sweats
  • A persistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Blood in your saliva or phlegm

These are just some of the warning signs that you might have a serious illness brewing that requires immediate medical treatment.

How is a sore throat treated?

Treating a sore throat often begins with a throat culture and possibly a blood draw to find out what’s causing your irritation. Since Elite Urgent Care proudly has a laboratory right on-site, your dedicated physician gets your results quickly, so you can get back home to recuperate as soon as possible. Common sore throat treatments include:

  • Antibiotic medications
  • Prescription cough syrup
  • Fever-reducing medications
  • Pain-relieving drugs

If your sore throat is associated with the flu, your practitioner can prescribe medications to lessen the severity and shorten the duration of the symptoms you experience. Once you start treatment, the team at Elite Urgent Care encourages you to stay home, rest, and drink plenty of fluids until you fully recover from your sore throat.

If you have a sore throat, you can walk into Elite Urgent Care for an immediate evaluation. You can also request an appointment online or over the phone.