Let’s face it, a sore throat, no matter the cause, is always a pain – literally and figuratively. A lot of my patients ask me if gargling with saltwater will really help ease the symptoms of a sore throat. The answer usually surprises them.
The most common cause of a sore throat, or pharyngitis, is a viral infection such as a cold or the flu. Eventually, it resolves on its own.
Strep throat, or streptococcal infection, is caused by bacteria. Getting rid of it requires treatment with antibiotics.
Allergies can also bring on a sore throat with postnasal drip adding to the irritation and inflaming the throat.