Your best bet is to call her doctor and have her seen. Sometimes doctors can tell what it is just by looking, but often they have to do a throat culture
to rule out strep throat
. We worry about strep throat because if it is left untreated, it can develop into acute rheumatic fever which can cause permanent heart
damage. The treatment depends on the cause - viruses you just have treat symptomatically, bacteria are treated with antibiotics, and fungi
are treated with antifungals.
The best treatments for a sore throat are:
for pain relief
-hot tea with honey
and lemon (as long as she is older than 1 year)
-just honey to "coat the throat"
-and if she is old enough - sometimes swishing, gargling and spitting maalox coats the throat and gives relief.
Reasons to call her doctor or go to the emergency room are:
-unable to swallow own saliva
or change in voice
-refusal to drink and dehydration
-acting very sick such as very irritable or difficult to wake
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