In chronic pharyngitis, the soreness either does not go away or recurs frequently. Pharyngitis may be chronic if the sore throat lasts for more than a few weeks. There are several underlying causes for chronic pharyngitis, and treatment depends on what the underlying cause is.
Can a throat infection last for years?
A sore throat is considered chronic when it lasts for more than three months. Typical factors that can cause a long-lasting sore throat include allergies, acid reflux, environmental irritants, dry air and strained vocal cords. Occasionally a more serious condition, such as a tumor or HIV, can cause a sore throat.
Is pharyngitis a permanent problem?
Viral pharyngitis typically clears up on its own within a couple of weeks, but bacterial pharyngitis may require a course of antibiotics to prevent complications. Complications of pharyngitis, such as rheumatic fever, are rare. Anyone with severe, recurring, or persistent symptoms should see a doctor.
Can chronic pharyngitis heal?
Persisting or recurrent sore throat can indicate a number of conditions, most of which are very curable. Acute pharyngitis is a sore throat that appears and can last up to a month before fully resolved.
How do you permanently cure chronic pharyngitis?
To relieve the sore throat itself, people with chronic pharyngitis can gargle with warm saline solutions, stay well-hydrated, avoid smoking and manage pain with over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen/paracetamol.
How do you get rid of chronic pharyngitis?
To relieve the sore throat itself, people with chronic pharyngitis can gargle with warm saline solutions, stay well-hydrated, avoid smoking and manage pain with over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen/paracetamol. However, the underlying cause must be addressed.
Why do I keep getting pharyngitis?
Pharyngitis is most commonly caused by viral infections such as the common cold, influenza, or mononucleosis. Viral infections dont respond to antibiotics, and treatment is only necessary to help relieve symptoms. Less commonly, pharyngitis is caused by a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections require antibiotics.
Why my sore throat doesnt go away?
When to see your doctor If your sore throat doesnt go away, see your doctor. Most sore throats occur due to viral infections, such as a cold or the flu, or bacterial infections, such as strep throat. If you have a bacterial infection, your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic.