What’s Causing My Sore Throat?

Many of us know the annoyance of a dry, scratchy throat, but can you tell when that feeling may be sign of a more serious illness? Sore Throat is a condition marked by pain and discomfort in the throat and tonsils.

A majority of sore throat cases are cured naturally but others require urgent care and may lead to long-term complications if left untreated.

Use this guide for the most common causes of sore throat from mild to serious.


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, abnormal swelling or difficulty breathing or swallowing 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 (Streptococcal Pharyngitis) is a highly contagious bacterial infection, causing dry, scratchy feeling in the throat. Strep throat, like the cold and flu, peaks during the colder months so it’s very important to determine the difference between the two and seek urgent care when needed.


  • Symptoms of Step Throat include:
  • Sudden fever
  • Red, sore throat with white patches on throat and tongue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Chills

When should I call a doctor?

Visit a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment if you suspect you have Strep throat. Antibiotics are used to reduce the duration, contagious period, and risk of more serious effects of Strep Throat.

Visit AFC Urgent Care Saugus for quality Strep Throat care including Rapid Strep Tests with fast results – 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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