What’s Causing My Sore Throat?

That sore, dry, sandpaper-like feeling in the back of your throat can be the first sign of cold, allergies, or a more serious illness. Sore Throat also known as Pharyngitis is a condition marked by pain in the throat, usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. With a wide variety of causes and accompanying symptoms, it’s difficult to know when you should be concerned.

Here are some of the most common causes and when you should seek medical care.


An allergic reaction to anything from pet dander to pollen can result in a sore throat. Rapid mucus production caused by allergies also leads to post-nasal drip (an accumulation of mucus in the throat and back of the nose) which increases irritation and inflammation.

When should I call a doctor?

Most allergies are non-life threatening; however, if you notice abnormal swelling or have difficulty breathing or swallowing it could be sign of a serious allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. For minor cases, over-the-counter antihistamines should be all you need to start feeling better.

Strep Throat

Strep Throat is a highly contagious infection caused by Streptococcal bacteria and spread by close contact. Strep throat, like the cold and flu, peaks during the colder months and is marked by very similar symptoms so it’s very important to determine the difference between the two and seek urgent care if necessary.

Symptoms of Step Throat include:

  • Red, sore throat with white patches on throat and tongue
  • Sudden fever
  • Chills
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Fatigue

When should I call a doctor?

If you suspect you have Strep throat visit a doctor immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment. Antibiotics are used to kill bacteria, reducing the duration and risk of serious complications from Strep Throat.

AFC Urgent Care Springfield provides comprehensive treatment and diagnosis of Strep Throat which includes Rapid Strep Tests – no appointment necessary. We offer extended hours seven days a week: Monday – Friday from 8 am until 8 pm and Saturday – Sunday from 8 am until 5 pm.


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