Sore Throat Specialist


Primary Care Practice & Pain Management located in Lancaster, Lancaster, OH & Westerville, OH

A sore throat could simply be a nuisance or a sign of a serious medical problem requiring treatment. At PrimeMD, with locations in North Columbus, Newark, Lancaster, Westerville, Kenton, Marion, Wilmington, Dublin, and New Albany, Ohio, the expert medical team can find the root cause of sore throats and treat them to speed up your recovery. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Sore Throat Q & A

What are sore throats?

A sore throat is an uncomfortable, tender feeling in your throat. A variety of viruses, bacteria, or medical conditions can cause it, and it can make you feel lousy. Finding the cause of a sore throat, treating it, and getting symptom relief is the best way to recover.

What are the symptoms I might have with a sore throat?

If you have a sore throat, you may notice some of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain in your throat
  • Scratchy throat
  • Pain with swallowing
  • Sore or swollen glands in your neck
  • Hoarse voice
  • Pus or white patches on your tonsils
  • Red, swollen tonsils
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches 
  • Body aches
  • Vomiting or nausea


The symptoms you experience with a sore throat can help your provider determine its cause. See the experts at PrimeMD at the first sign of a severe or long-lasting sore throat.

What are the common risk factors for sore throats?

Some factors increase your risk of developing a sore throat. Examples include:

  • Viral infections
  • Strep throat
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • COVID-19
  • Measles
  • Chickenpox
  • Croup
  • Mono
  • Dry air
  • Allergies
  • Chemical irritants
  • Pollutants
  • Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Muscle strain
  • HIV infection

Ways to reduce your risk of getting a sore throat include: 

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Using hand sanitizer
  • Not sharing foods or utensils
  • Not touching your face with your hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms 

How does my doctor diagnose a sore throat?

Your provider diagnoses a sore throat after discussing your medical history and asking about your symptoms. They check your vital signs, complete a physical examination, and take a look at your throat, ears, and nose using a lighted instrument. 

Your provider often feels the lymph nodes in your neck and listens to your heartbeat and breathing. They could recommend you undergo blood tests, nasal or throat swabs, a rapid strep test, or other diagnostic tests to find the underlying cause of a sore throat.  

What are the common treatments for a sore throat?

Depending on what’s causing your sore throat, the team at PrimeMD might suggest one of the following treatments:

Home remedies

Things you can do at home to relieve a sore throat include:

  • Rest
  • Drinking lots of fluids
  • Taking over-the-counter medicines
  • Using a cool-air humidifier, gargling with saltwater
  • Sucking on lozenges
  • Avoid cigarette smoke and other irritants


Your doctor could recommend you take over-the-counter or prescription medications to treat unpleasant symptoms and their underlying cause, especially if you have strep throat. Take all medicines exactly as directed by your provider.

To get treated for a sore throat and the condition that’s causing it, schedule an appointment with PrimeMD by phone or online today.