EAR, NOSE & THROAT
Recurrent Sore Throats
A sore throat can affect your whole mood, but recurrent sore throats can be irritating and leave you feeling sick. The throat is a complex part of the body that houses many different structures. The throat includes such structures as the tonsils, adenoids, larynx, pharynx, and esophagus. All these structures are a part of different systems in the body. A sore throat can be a result of pain in any of these structures. A sore throat is not a disease but a symptom of a disease. The throat is a cavity and made of soft tissue. The throats relation to so many other parts of the body makes it susceptible to pain. The throat typically bears the brunt of other illnesses. Recurrent sore throats may be the cause of the same problem or a result of different problems. Sore throats are no fun. The best way to rid yourself of a sore throat is to find the source.
A sore throat is a result of any irritation, injury, or itching of the throat. Sore throats make swallowing tough, which in turns make eating difficult. Sore throats are common and can result from an array of illnesses. Some common causes of a sore throat include inflammation, allergies, and infection. Inflammatory issues can be a result of tonsillitis, laryngitis, inflamed adenoids, or lymph nodes. The inflammation causes irritation of the throat. Swallowing becomes difficult because the throat is more constricted, not leaving much room for food to go down.
Causes of Recurrent Sore Throat
Allergies can create some inflammation, but more than anything it causes itching. Even the nasal sprays can irritate the throat and leave a nasty taste in your mouth. The throat is one of the hardest things to scratch. You cannot use your nails to scratch your throat like you do your back. Allergens can make the throat red and sore. Severe allergies not only cause itching but can cause the throat to swell up to the point it closes making breathing difficult.
Strep throat is a common source of a sore throat, especially recurrent sore throats. Strep throat is very contagious. Streptococcus bacteria cause strep throat. When the bacteria enter the mouth, it spreads and ends up creating white spots on the back of the throat. Strep throat looks disgusting, and the worst part is you can pick the white patches off the back of your throat. Strep throat is very painful and takes some time to heal. You have to be careful with strep throat because it can come back quickly. The recurrence of strep throat also causes a recurrent sore throat. You must disinfect everything and make sure the bacteria is dead. If it lingers, you will catch it just as quick as you lost it.
Mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a disease that enters the body through the saliva. Mono is coined as the “kissing disease” for the fact saliva carries the virus. Epstein-Barr is the virus that causes mononucleosis. The symptoms include extreme fatigue, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes. Mono can be very serious and may cause the spleen to swell. It is rare for mono to become life-threatening, but it is possible.
Other less severe causes of a sore throat include dryness and vocal cord strain. The mouth contains saliva that keeps the throat moist. When the throat becomes dry, it brings irritation and sometimes pain. This dryness makes the throat scratchy. If you yell too loud or overuse your vocal cords, you may also find yourself with a sore throat. The soreness stems from a strain in the vocal cords. Singers are susceptible to recurrent sore throats that are due to a strain on the vocal cords. When the vocal cords become strained or have nodules or lesions, a sore throat will occur and continue to happen if not resolved.
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