Overview of Sore Throat
A sore throat is a symptom that can accompany a variety of infections (i.e. viral, bacterial or fungal) or non-infectious conditions (i.e. allergies or acid reflux).
Signs & Symptoms
- Throat pain
- Tonsils are swollen, red and possibly covered with patches of pus
- Fever (get a thermometer and check your temperature)
- Swollen glands or lymph nodes in the neck
For infectious causes:
- Frequent hand washing
- Avoid touching your face or eating until you have washed your hands
- Do not share drinks, silverware, toothbrushes, etc. with anyone
- Treat symptoms with over-the-counter analgesics, throat lozenges and throat sprays.
- Drink adequate non-caffeine clear liquids (at 8 or more glasses).
- Get plenty of rest.
- Strep throat (which accounts for only 5-15% of sore throats in adults) is generally the only condition which requires antibiotic treatment. A provider at SHCS Medical Services can see you and make that determination.
- If you aren't feeling better in one week, or if you are having trouble swallowing, please contact your healthcare provider.
How We Can Help
- If you would like to be seen by our medical staff, please contact our Appointment Desk to schedule an appointment.
- Also, our Advice Nurse service is available at no charge for all UC Davis students to discuss health concerns and the need for medical care.
- Sore Throat (American Academy of Family Physicians)