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Suffering from a sore throat can be not only uncomfortable but also potentially indicative of a more serious health issue. At Cermak Immediate Care, located in Cicero and Roseland, Chicago, our experienced physicians are equipped to diagnose and treat sore throats and other related symptoms efficiently, ensuring you receive the relief you need without delay.

Symptoms of a Sore Throat

A sore throat may involve a range of symptoms that can change in intensity over time. Common indicators include:

  • Throat pain or irritation
  • Swelling or redness of the tonsils
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swollen glands in the jaw or neck
  • Presence of pus or white patches on the tonsils
  • Changes in your voice

Additional symptoms that may accompany a sore throat include fever, headaches, body aches, runny nose, nausea, and vomiting, which can help indicate the underlying cause.

Diagnosing a Throat Infection

Accurately diagnosing the cause of a sore throat is essential for effective treatment. During your visit, you will undergo a thorough examination to assess your symptoms and possibly a rapid strep test or throat culture. A rapid strep test can quickly detect strep throat, a bacterial infection, allowing for immediate treatment. If the test is negative, further tests may be conducted to explore other causes, such as viral infections or more serious conditions.

Common Causes of Sore Throats

Several conditions can lead to a sore throat, with some of the most common being:

  • The common cold or flu
  • Strep throat
  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Allergies
  • Respiratory tract infections like bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Environmental irritants such as smoke or chemicals

Less commonly, a sore throat might be a symptom of a more serious condition such as a tumor or thyroid issues, which would require specialized care.

Sore Throat Treatment Options in Chicago

The treatment for your sore throat will depend on the identified cause:

  • Bacterial Infections: If your sore throat is due to a bacterial infection like strep throat, antibiotics will be prescribed. It’s crucial to complete the entire course of antibiotics to fully resolve the infection, even if symptoms improve quickly.
  • Viral Infections: If a virus is the culprit, the focus will be on symptom relief. This may include rest, hydration, and over-the-counter medications to reduce pain and fever.
  • Allergies or Irritants: For sore throats caused by allergies or environmental irritants, avoiding the allergen or irritant and using antihistamines or decongestants may be recommended.

FAQs About Sore Throat Treatment

Visit Us for Sore Throat Care

If you’re experiencing a persistent or severe sore throat, don’t hesitate to visit Cermak Immediate Care. Our team is ready to provide rapid diagnostics and personalized treatment to help you find relief and recover swiftly. Schedule your appointment online or call our offices today to ensure you get the care you need when you need it.

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Convenient Locations and Accessibility

Located near major expressways and well-connected by public transport, our clinics in Cicero, Chicago, Roseland, Hoffman Estates, and Rolling Meadows are easily accessible. We cater to the needs of our community by offering flexible visiting hours, including walk-in options and the ability to schedule appointments online or by phone. This ensures that you can receive care when it suits you best.

Cicero

Cermak Immediate Care

5741 W Cermak Rd
Cicero IL 60804

Chicago

Cermak Immediate Care

2408 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60608

Roseland

Cermak Immediate Care

134 W 111th St Floor 2
Chicago IL 60628

Hoffman Estates

Rapid Immediate Care

925 N Roselle Rd
Hoffman Estates IL 60169

Rolling Meadows

NewMed Immediate Care

1669 W. Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows IL 60008