Sore Throat Specialist

Fairmont Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in La Porte, TX & Pasadena, TX

When your child has a sore throat, it could be nothing to worry about, or it may be something more serious. Jilly Vidyasagaran, MD, of Fairmont Pediatrics is an experienced pediatrician with offices in both La Porte and Pasadena, Texas. To rule out strep throat and treat your child’s discomfort, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Sore Throat Q & A

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat refers to any discomfort of the back of the mouth or throat, including irritation, scratchiness, or general pain with swallowing.

Along with a sore throat, your child may have: 

  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Red and swollen tonsils
  • Swollen and painful glands around their jaw or neck
  • Pus or white patches on their tonsils

A sore throat can make speaking or eating difficult and could be quite uncomfortable for your infant or child. 

What causes a sore throat?

Sore throats are very common in children and have many potential causes. Dr. Vidyasagaran helps determine what may be causing your child’s sore throat, as well as any other concerning symptoms, and rules out any potentially serious causes. 

Some underlying causes for your child’s sore throat include: 

  • Common cold 
  • Flu virus
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles
  • Croup 
  • Mononucleosis, also called Mono 
  • Strep throat, a bacterial infection
  • Allergies
  • Air pollutants 
  • Dry air
  • Pre-existing illnesses and conditions
  • Gastric reflux
  • Overuse of their voice

Your child may be at higher risk of having a sore throat if you are a second-hand smoker, they have been exposed to strep throat or other illness, or they have seasonal allergies. 

When should my child see a doctor for a sore throat?

If your child has a history of strep throat, it may be necessary they see Dr. Vidyasagaran as soon as they have throat pain. You may also need to make an appointment if they have other symptoms, including: 

  • Rash
  • Lumps in the neck or behind the year
  • Fever exceeding 101℉
  • Sore throat for more than a week
  • Worsening sore throat
  • Hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks 
  • Difficulty swallowing or eating
  • Difficulty opening their mouth
  • Trouble breathing
  • Ear pain

If your child has a sore throat, whether they have a history of strep throat or not, Dr. Vidyasagaran orders a rapid strep test that quickly determines if your child has the streptococcal bacteria. If the test is positive, it means their symptoms are contagious, and they need to begin treatment. 

To treat your child’s sore throat, Dr. Vidyasagaran may recommend pain medications, throat-numbing spray, oral antibiotics, gargling with salt water, antacid medications, or other treatments. 

To assess the cause of your child’s sore throat, call Fairmont Pediatrics or schedule an appointment online today.