Sore throat treatment in Columbia, MD

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Randi Berkowitz, NP

  • Family medicine
  • "Dr. Berkowitz was very courteous and professional, and she showed she cared about me."
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  • $5 MEDS

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Binta Bojang, NP

  • Urgent care

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    Larissa Davis, NP

    • Family medicine
    • "Dr. Larissa Davis was amazing! She addressed all my issues with patience and professionalism and ordered the lab work that I needed to diagnose my current health condition. I'm looking forward to working with her again."
    • $5 MEDS
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    Edward Poindexter, FNP-BC, FAANP

    • Family medicine
    • "Very professional"
    • $5 MEDS

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    Omobolanle Adenuga, NP

    • Family medicine
    • "Omo was extremely friendly and understanding, even more so than my previous nurse practitioner that I saw for over a year."
    • $5 MEDS

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    Nicole Baldwin, NP

    • Urgent care
    • "She was kind, patient and thorough. Will definitely use your service again."
    • $5 MEDS

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    Josephine Moore, FNP-BC

    • Urgent care
    • 4.5
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

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    Ola Onabanjo, FNP-BC

    • Urgent care
    • "Dr. Ola was AWESOME and very informative with great medical advice. Thanks so much for having this remarkable physician on your team."
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    Dawn Drewes, APRN

    • Urgent care
    • "... quick, straight forward, got antibiotics and feel more at peace"
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    • $5 MEDS

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    Ca’Seem Tyler, NP

    • Family medicine
    • 5
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    • $5 MEDS

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    Dr. Yaw Otchere-Boateng, MD

    • Internal medicine
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

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    Chigozie Ohanele, APRN-CNP

    • Adult health
    • $5 MEDS

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    Elizabeth Johnston, APRN

    • Family medicine
    • "... the provider I saw was extremely understanding, compassionate and helpful."
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    • $5 MEDS

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    Dr. Tessa Ndille, DO

    • Emergency medicine
    • "The doctor was amazing!!! So thorough and knowledgeable. Thank you!"
    • $5 MEDS

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    Jeannie Higgin, FNP-BC

    • Family medicine
    • $5 MEDS

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    Dr. Monika Patel, MD

    • Internal medicine
    • $5 MEDS

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    Dr. Joseph Nichols, MD

    • Family medicine
    • "... was great and arranged my prescription with my local pharmacy immediately."
    • 5
    • $5 MEDS

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    Victoria Ajayi, FNP

    • Family medicine
    • 8713 Harford Road, Parkville, MD 21234
    • $5 MEDS

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    Family medicine nurse

    • Baltimore, MD 21230
    • Male
    • 4.7
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    Monica Orozco Cantillo, NP

    • Family medicine

      About sore throat

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      A sore throat, also known as pharyngitis, may feel coarse, irritated, or swollen. Inflammation in the throat can be made more painful when talking or swallowing. Common symptoms of a sore throat include:

      • Dryness and/or hoarseness
      • Swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck or jaw
      • Pain or difficulty when swallowing
      • Swollen tonsils that are red or have patches of white discharge
      • Changes to your vocal quality

      Other symptoms that can accompany a sore throat include chills, coughing, fever, earache, sneezing, nausea, headache, or stuffy nose. These symptoms often indicate infection, whether it’s viral, fungal, or bacterial. Viral infections like the common cold and the flu are the most common causes of a sore throat. Strep throat is the most common bacterial infection of the throat, which affects 1 in 10 adults and 3 in 10 children every year. Other serious illnesses involving a sore throat include tonsillitis and mononucleosis.

      Not all sore throats are caused by infection. A sore throat may result from non-infectious causes including overuse of the voice, sleeping with your mouth open, acid reflux, pollution, and allergies. Talk to your doctor if you have hoarseness that lasts longer than two weeks, chronic or recurring sore throats, trouble breathing, a visible lump at the back of the throat, excessive drooling (in children), or a sore throat that is accompanied by an extremely high temperature (over 100.4 F).

      Treatment Options

      Treatment options for a sore throat vary depending on its underlying cause. Most cases of sore throat caused by the common cold or flu will go away without treatment in about 5 to 7 days. During your appointment, talk to your doctor or provider about which of these treatment plans is right for you.

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