Pharyngitis is a feeling of pain, discomfort or an itching sensation in the throat that often makes swallowing painful. It may be associated with fever, headache, muscle, joint pain, skin rashes and swollen lymph glands. The cause of pharyngitis is swelling of the pharynx.


What kind of diseases can be associated with pharyngitis?

The following diseases may be associated with pharyngitis:

  • Chlamydia
  • Dysphagia
  • Gonorrhea
  • A Streptococcal infection
  • Infections Coxsackie
  • Influence
  • Sore throat
  • Mass or swelling in the neck
  • Mononucleosis
  • Odynophagia
  • Otalgia
  • Cold

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for pharyngitis?

In case of pharyngitis, antibiotics are useful only in the presence of a bacterial infection. In case of viral infections these drugs are useless. You can try to improve your condition with hot or cold drinks, gargling with salt water and candy for the throat and inflammation. Even the use of a humidifier can help you feel better.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of pharyngitis?

If the problem is not resolved within a few days, if it is associated with high fever, swollen lymph nodes in the neck or eczema you should contact your doctor.

If the condition is associated with difficulty breathing you should visit the E.R.