Sore Throat checklist

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Symptoms that a sore throat is a medical emergency

If your youngster has difficulty breathing. A painful throat could indicate an obstruction or edoema in the respiratory system. When your child has difficulty swallowing, especially if he or she is drooling This could potentially be an indication of a severe bulge or obstruction. When your child has a high temperature that won't go away, or when he or she is unusually sleepy. A fever of 102° F or higher that does not respond to acetaminophen or ibuprofen, as well as significant tiredness, could indicate a serious infection. When your child is in excruciating pain.

Most common reasons for a sore throat

- Allergies - Viral infections - Bacterial infections - Irritants that are inhaled or swallowed - Gastroesophageal reflux

Preventing sore throats

- It's usually a good idea to keep your throat clean to help prevent infections that cause sore throats - Regularly wash your hands (or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't available) - Keep your hands off your face - Keep your distance from ill individuals by wiping down public surfaces before touching them

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