Category Archives: throat conditions

Does your sore throat need a throat culture?

Most likely not.  We, physicians, often check to make sure that your sore throat isn’t “strep throat.”   We specifically check for strep as there can be complications if the streptococcus isn’t treated with an antibiotic. The good news is that our rapid … Continue reading

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Practice changer for sore throats!

Steroids may be helpful for sore throats.  This is a new thought. 8 research trials were combined with results showing that for patients with sore throats (with  negative rapid strep test) and painful swallowing that steroids may treat the symptoms.  Patients who … Continue reading

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Virus? Bacteria? or Stomach acid causing those throat symptoms?

Some people are diagnosed with laryngitis when the reason for hoarseness is from reflux of stomach acid into the throat.  Laryngopharyngeal reflux, also known as “silent” reflux, may not have symptoms of heartburn.  Laryngopharyngeal reflux should be suspected with the following symptoms … Continue reading

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The sore-throat-should-I see-my-doctor quandary. . .

I saw a patient this morning who I diagnosed with viral pharyngitis, not (bacterial) strep throat. She said she felt embarrassed that she came in to see me. I reassured her the importance of coming in to figure out  if she has … Continue reading

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Hoarseness

Hoarse voice Today, I am hoarse.  I whispered to my family yesterday and now I can talk to my patients.  I was given the advice that I “should start on something” to bring my voice back.  Hmmmmm. . . there … Continue reading

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