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Anyone can experience a sore throat and most causes are not serious. Screaming for your favorite team or a common cold can result in a sore throat. While throat discomfort is common, there are circumstances where it can be an indication of a serious health condition. At Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT, we offer advanced diagnosis for throat conditions and sore throat treatment at our facility in the north Atlanta, GA, area.

Causes of Sore Throats

The throat contains the larynx, trachea, tonsils and muscles. It begins at the back or top of the mouth and extends down to where it meets the esophagus. The throat is susceptible to infection due to the viruses and bacteria that flow into throat tissues, which can cause a sore throat. Discomfort can also be caused by strain of the vocal cords. If you have a sore throat, it may be caused by:

  • Colds
  • Post nasal drip from allergies or nasal conditions
  • Influenza or COVID-19
  • Strep throat or throat infections
  • Laryngitis
  • Tonsilitis
  • Throat or oral cancer
  • GERD or LPR (acid reflux)

Most sore throats improve within a week when related to a bacterial or viral infection. However, some infections like strep throat can pose risks for serious conditions like rheumatic fever. If a sore throat persists for longer than a week, it is advisable to seek sore throat treatment from an ENT specialist.

Relief for Sore Throats

Dr. Julie Zweig is one of Atlanta’s top ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists. She has over two decades of experience and offers a holistic and integrative approach to treatment of ENT and sleep disorder conditions. If you have a chronic sore throat, she can provide comprehensive diagnostic testing to determine the source of irritation or infection. Most sore throat conditions can be treated with medications, but some disorders may require surgical procedures.

If you have a sore throat with a fever or difficulty swallowing, or the discomfort lasts for more than a week, contact our team at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT. We can schedule a throat exam with Dr. Zweig to determine the best treatment for relief. Call our medical center in the Alpharetta, Roswell and Dunwoody, GA, area to book your throat exam and treatment consultation.

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