If you have not taken antibiotics, rarely could be the case, you need to know that they could trigger side effects such as stomach aches, rashes, diarrhea or a general feeling of sickness. So your GP may choose to skip antibiotics as the cure for your sore throat if you have had bad side effects. If you have three symptoms of these: Pus on swollen tonsils, history of high fever, tender lymph nodes in neck or absence of a cough, the cause might be bacterial.
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics
If your doctor determines that your sore throat is so severe, he or she may choose to prescribe antibiotics to you. They can also prescribe if you have had your Pharyngitis for several days as it shows that your immune system is not strong enough to fight back. The immune system can be weakened by diseases like HIV and AIDs or Cancer. Even a major surgery to remove a sick body organ, such as the spleen, could weaken your immune system. Your doctor might give you antibiotics if you have had rheumatic fever or problems with your heart valves.
Look out for complications
Many people do not bother to treat simple ailments like a flu, cold or sore throat. There are some who do not treat tonsillitis. Even if you can skip doctor visits when you have a sore throat, bear in mind that there could be complications. A neglected case of pharyngitis could move to the nearby tissues or organs such as the chest, or ear. You may develop sinuses, an ear infection or even a chest problem. Try hard to see your doctor when you have a persistent sore throat. There are cases when your constant sore throats may be a sign that you have pus in your tonsils ( a condition known as quinsy, a bacterial infection) or epiglottitis. So you need to get checked by a qualified health professional to exclude these conditions.
Other possible triggers of pharingitis
Sore throats that cannot go away may be a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease. For instance, most sufferers of HIV and AIDs develop thrush often, which may infect their throats. If you have a cancer of the bone marrow (leukemia), or asplenia(spleen malfunction), you should see a doctor as soon as you notice first signs of a sore throat. A few of the people who eventually develop throat cancer have a sore throat as the initial sign. It could be that you are taking an immunosuppressant drug, a DMARD (disease-modifying antirheumatic drug) or an antithyroid medication. If such is the case, you should see a doctor immediately after developing a sore throat.
When your condition is an emergency
It is possible that your sore throat could become very bad. You will know that your illness is bad when you feel lots of pain, cannot swallow anything or opening your mouth, have a stridor sound, are drooling, have a hoarse voice or you are unable to breathe easily. We advise you to instantly seek a health care professional’s help.