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What is a persistent sore throat?

A sore throat that persists for several weeks can be a sign of a medical condition that needs attention


A persistent sore throat is a sore throat that lasts longer than 4 weeks. If you suffer from a persistent sore throat it is important that you consult a doctor. A persistent sore throat often occurs in combination with stress and tiredness.

This pages gives an overview of the diseases that lead to persistent sore throat.

Pfeiffer’s disease

This disease generally occurs among teenagers and young adults and is often caused by the Epstein Barr virus.

Apart from a sore throat, you may suffer from high fever, swollen neck glands and extreme tiredness. Although in most cases there is no serious health risk for the patient, it may be an unpleasant experience. 

Pfeiffer’s disease is contagious during two to eighteen months, from the moment the first symptoms are noticed. The virus spreads through saliva, coughing, sneezing and shared cutlery. 

There is no specific medication for Pfeiffer’s disease, although some treatments may alleviate symptoms. It is unlikely to catch the disease again if you have already had it, since your immunity will have built up against the virus.

Infected tonsils and a sore throat

This occurs often with young children, although it may happen at any age. In most cases the infection is over within a couple of days, but sometimes the infection comes back a few times per year. 

Symptoms of infected tonsils include:

Although the symptoms are controllable in most cases, an antibiotic treatment may be necessary. If you suffer from severe and recurrent tonsil infections, your doctor may recommend to have them removed. This surgery was very common  forty or fifty years ago, but today it is not as frequent.

What is a throat infection?

A throat infection is an infection of the larynx which leads to a persistant sore throat, hoarseness or loss of voice. Most people get over it within a week, just by giving their voice a rest and using medication to alleviate the pain. In some case however, the throat infection can persist for several weeks.

The causes of a throat infection range from voice exhaustion to smoking or viral infection. It is important to find out the cause of the throat infection in order to treat it accordingly.

Persistent sore throat: symptoms

The symptoms of persistent sore throat are varied:

  • a sore throat lasting longer than 3 to 4 weeks;
  • burning feeling or pain in the throat;
  • painful swallowing;
  • red and swollen throat mucous membrane and tonsils;
  • mucus in the throat;
  • swollen glands;
  • Fever also indicates a throat infection.

Treating a sore throat – My tip with a sore throat...

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Another 6 tips in case of a persistent sore throat

How can you help yourself when you suffer from a sore throat:

  • Stop smoking and give your voice a rest.
  • Try to breathe through your nose. Breathing through the mouth dries out the mucous membranes of the throat.
  • Keep your immune defenses up, to avoid the flu (a possible cause of sore throat). 
  • Avoid dairy products: they keep the mucus in the pharynx, increasing the need to swallow, which causes a sore throat. Sour milk products are fine: buttermilk, yogurt and cottage cheese.
  • Improve your resistance by eating salads containing horseradish (a little, grated), watercress or garden cress.
  • Drink herbal tea made of thyme, sage, juniper, goldenrod and parsley, sweetened with honey.

When to see a doctor for a persistent sore throat?

If you are in doubt whether you have a throat infection, you can contact your general practitioner. A throat infection is characterized by a fever, for example. You should contact your general practitioner if:

  • after three days you still have a fever;
  • drinking or swallowing are hardly possible;
  • the sore throat is accompanied by a rash on your face and chest;
  • the sore throat lasts more than seven days.
  • you become sicker.

With children, you should contact your general practitioner directly:

  • if your child gives the impression of being very sick;
  • if your child feels oppressed;
  • if your child cannot swallow saliva.

If there are other symptoms you are worried about, please consult your general practitioner.

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What do you think?

Have you found what you read useful? If so, I would love if you would leave your comment below. Thanks! Krista your A.Vogel Flu Coach

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