A sore throat is extremely common. After all, everything you breathe, eat, and drink passes through your throat. And every time you speak, tissue in your throat is involved. A sore throat can develop from an enormous variety of problems.
The critical thing about a sore throat or other symptoms involving your throat is to see a medical specialist best suited to examine you, review your symptoms and medical history, and accurately identify what may be causing your symptoms so you can explore treatment options.
In Georgetown, Texas, Dr. Scott W. Franklin is the area’s go-to specialist for any kind of throat pain. As a double-board-certified ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist, he is well-versed in diagnosing and treating a wide range of issues that may result in throat discomfort.
Sore Throat Signs & Symptoms
Being as specific as possible about your symptoms is important. It can help Dr. Franklin narrow down the list of possible causes. Below are some ways you might experience a sore throat. Be sure to tell Dr. Franklin about all the signs and symptoms that apply to you:
- Breathing difficulty
- Burning throat
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Lump in the throat
- Loss of voice
- Need to constantly clear the throat
- Pain or tenderness in the throat
- Pain when swallowing
- Pain when talking
- Raw throat
- Scratchy throat
- Swollen lymph nodes at side of neck
- Tightness in the throat
- Tonsils that are red and swollen
- Voice changes
If you have symptoms unrelated to your throat, be sure to tell Dr. Franklin about those symptoms as well.
Throat Pain Conditions
Many conditions, diseases, and environmental factors can cause a sore throat including:
- Acid reflux or GERD
- Bacterial infection
- Chemical irritants
- Chronic runny nose
- Common cold and flu
- Dry air
- Mononucleosis (“mono”)
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Sinus infections
- Strep throat
- Trauma to the neck
- Viral infection
Throat Pain Treatment in Georgetown, TX
If you’re experiencing any type of throat discomfort that concerns you, see the ear, nose, and throat specialist who can best diagnose and treat you. Call (512) 869-0604 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott Franklin at Georgetown ENT or request an appointment now.