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Sore Throat

Urgent Care, Telemedicine & Primary Care Practice located in El Centro, Brawley, Calimesa and Calexico, CA
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Sore Throat services offered in El Centro, Brawley, Calimesa and Calexico, CA

A sore throat is a common illness that may clear up on its own, depending on the cause. However, when you have a severe sore throat or other concerning symptoms, Luis E. Verduzco, MD, Brian Tyson, MD, and the experienced team at All Valley Urgent Care in Brawley and El Centro, California, can help. They offer quick appointments, on-site lab services, and treatment that can help you feel better fast. Call the nearest office today to get help for your sore throat, or book an appointment online. Telemedicine appointments are available, and walk-ins are welcome.

Sore Throat Q&A

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat, also called pharyngitis, is inflammation in the throat that causes pain and difficulty swallowing. You may also feel pain when you talk or eat. The pain may range from mild irritation to a severe burning sensation.

Depending on the cause of your sore throat, you may have other symptoms, such as a cough or runny nose, body aches, or fever. 

Sore throats are common and usually clear up on their own. However, if you have a severe sore throat that’s affecting your ability to eat or drink, you need a medical evaluation.

All Valley Urgent Care is a first-rate urgent care clinic that provides the immediate care you need. The providers see all ages, including infants, children, teens, and adults. 

What are some common causes of a sore throat?

You can develop a sore throat from many causes. Most often, the pain and inflammation occur from a viral or bacterial infection. Common causes of a sore throat include:

  • Common cold
  • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
  • Flu
  • COVID-19
  • Strep infection
  • Allergies
  • Acid reflux
  • Overuse (e.g., singing, screaming)
  • Sinus infection
  • Throat cancer

You may also develop a sore throat if you breathe through your mouth because of problems breathing through your nose.

What can I expect during an urgent care visit for a sore throat?

You can expect comprehensive and patient-centered care when you visit All Valley Urgent Care for help with a sore throat. Your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including when they started and the treatments you’ve tried at home to ease your pain.

They also review your medical history and perform a physical exam. All Valley Urgent Care has on-site lab services and may do a throat culture to confirm or rule out a strep infection. They may also test for the flu and COVID-19.

What are the treatments for a sore throat?

Treatment for your sore throat depends on the cause. Most sore throats develop from viral infections like the common cold or flu. For these acute infections, your provider may recommend over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, cough medicine, and fluids.

If your sore throat is from a bacterial infection, your provider prescribes antibiotics. 

To get help for your sore throat, call All Valley Urgent Care, request an appointment online, or simply walk in today.