Pharyngitis is the medical term for a sore throat, and is the leading cause of pediatric urgent care visits. Pharyngitis results from a viral or bacterial infection in the throat that causes inflammation (if the infection is primarily in the tonsils, it is referred to as tonsillitis).

There are many causes and symptoms of pharyngitis, some which come on quickly, and some which develop more slowly. The most common symptoms of pharyngitis, however, are:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Not feeling well
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach Aches
  • Painful Swallowing
  • Visual redness or drainage in the throat

At Urgent Care LA, our pediatricians will examine your child’s sore throat and medical history, and may run tests for pharyngitis-related illness, such as strep throat. Treatment, depending on severity and cause of the sore throat, can include:

  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain
  • Increased fluid intake
  • Throat lozenges, or cough syrups
  • Antibiotics (for bacterial infections, not viral)