What is acute pharyngitis?
Acute pharyngitis is an inflammation of the pharynx, which is the part of the throat behind the mouth and nose. It is a common illness in children, especially young children. The most common cause of acute pharyngitis in children is a viral infection. However, it can also be caused by a bacterial infection, such as group A Streptococcus (GAS).
What are the symptoms of acute pharyngitis?
The symptoms of acute pharyngitis can vary depending on the cause. However, some common symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Pain when swallowing
- Redness and swelling of the pharynx
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Runny nose
If your child does get acute pharyngitis, there are a few things you can do to help relieve the symptoms:
- Give your child plenty of fluids. This will help to prevent dehydration.
- Have your child gargle with salt water. This can help to soothe the throat.
- Give your child over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These can help to reduce fever and pain.
- Get your child plenty of rest. This will help their body heal.
How is acute pharyngitis treated?
The treatment for acute pharyngitis depends on the cause. If the infection is caused by a virus, there is no specific treatment. However, your child’s doctor may prescribe medications to relieve the symptoms, such as pain relievers and fever reducers. If the infection is caused by a bacteria, your child will need to take antibiotics.
How long does acute pharyngitis last?
Acute pharyngitis caused by a virus usually lasts for about 5-7 days. However, it can last for longer in some cases. Acute pharyngitis caused by a bacteria usually goes away within 10 days with antibiotic treatment.
How can I prevent acute pharyngitis?
There are a few things you can do to help prevent acute pharyngitis in your child:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Make sure your child washes their hands before eating and after using the toilet.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Get your child vaccinated against the flu and strep throat.
When should I see a doctor?
You should see a doctor if your child has:
- Severe sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, sunken eyes, or decreased urination
- Other symptoms that concern you
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