Treatment for Chronic Sore Throat and Swollen Glands

Chronic Sore Throat and Swollen Glands

Most conditions of swollen glands and sore throat can be due to overuse of pharynx or use of tobacco. However, 10% of chronic sore throat and swollen glands are caused by streptococci bacteria. This can be an indication of a more serious problem like cancer of lymphatic system.

Headaches also come with sore throat and swollen glands. Other symptoms are:

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Laryngitis

  • Hoarseness of the voice

If sore throat is marked with white spots on tonsils, it can be a sign of strep infection or tonsillitis. It can also be a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome, which is because of lingering viral infections like the Epstein-Barr infection. This condition is marked by Mononucleosis which happens after all other common symptoms have occurred.

Chronic Sore Throat and Swollen Glands Causes

  • Generally, sore throat associated with swollen glands is caused by infection of viruses and bacteria.

    • Among them are cold and flu viruses.

    • These viruses can cause inflammation in the throat, which will eventually lead to tonsillitis.

    • The adenoviruses can cause infections in the lungs, ears, after wreaking havoc in the throat, particularly on tonsils.

    • Coxsackie viruses also cause severe throat, which will lead to a disease known as herpangina or summer sore throat, very common among children.

  • It can also caused by environmental conditions.

  • Chronic sore throat that lasts for three weeks or more can be due to mononucleosis or sinus infection. Its symptoms include:

    • Vomiting

    • Diarrhea

    • Rash

    • Cough

    • Runny nose

    • White bumps on the tonsils

  • Mononucleosis is caused by Epstein-Barr virus infecting the lymphocyte and which will spread into the lymphatic system

Treatment for Chronic Sore Throat and Swollen Glands

  • Treatment for sore throat and swollen glands vary according to what causes them.

  • Viral sore throat, however, is best left to run to the fullest without treatment because antibiotics do not have any effects on viral sore throat.

  • If the sore throat is caused by environmental conditions, it is best to take out the aggravating stimulus

  • Non-antibiotics treatment may include:

    • Aromatherapy which involves inhalation of fragrances of essential oils such as lavender, thyme, sage, eucalyptus and sandalwood.

    • Herbology like taking osha root, ginger tea, or slippery elm tea.

    • Homeopath such as solutions of yellow jasmine, lachesis, or belladonna

    • Nutritional supplements such as zinc lozenges, vitamin C, A, bioflavanoids, and beta carotene

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