As every parent knows, complaints of a sore throat are one of the most common in school age children. It is important to pay attention to these complaints, and seek treatment if they persist.
Germs that invade the throat and tonsils are typically the cause of sore throats. Additional symptoms that often accompany a sore throat can include:
- Swelling around the nodes at the front of the neck
- Stomach pain
- Sinus congestion or drainage
If your child has cold like symptoms in addition to a sore throat, chances are the culprit is a virus, and viruses simply need time to run their course. However, if the sore throat continues or is extremely painful, bacteria could be to blame. The most common type of bacteria that is found in the throat is strep.
Strep throat is highly contagious, and if left untreated can cause a host of other problems in children. The infection can quickly travel to the ear and sinuses and cause more severe pain. In extreme cases, it can affect the functioning of the kidneys.
Reoccurring sore throat should also be brought to your provider’s attention. It is possible that the cause of the reoccurring sore throat can be found and treated by an ear, nose and throat doctor. Don’t let your child suffer with sore throats and strep throat. Call Atlanta ENT for a consultation today.
Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President, Atlanta ENT