AFC Urgent Care Clearwater can protect me from winter symptoms.Do you or your table-mate have a sore throat? You know the first thing that crosses you is “Is this a cold? Could this be Strep? Am I contagious?”  Sharing a close space with someone substantially increases the risk of an upper respiratory infection that can initially present itself as a sore throat.

Most sore throats are caused by “dryer” air then we are used to or seasonal allergies. However, they may also be caused by a viral infection, such as a cold or flu.  Often you’ll have symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, a mild fever, and fatigue.   A sore throat can involve irritation, pain, and itchiness that can make it hard to swallow.

A sore throat can affect people of all ages, but the risk of a sore throat is higher for some people. This includes children, smokers, people with allergies, and people with a compromised immune system.

Visit AFC Urgent Care Clearwater if your sore throat lasts longer than a week and if it’s accompanied by other symptoms, like a fever, rash, joint pain, or difficulty breathing.