Sore Throats and Glandular Fever

Sore Throats and Glandular Fever

From time to time we all get a sore throat. Usually no treatment is required as over time it goes away by itself. Having a sore throat is so common for your GP or our ENT specialists. One thing to look out for and take notice is when your sore throat is persistant and lasts longer than just a few days, as this usually indicates that there is an infection or other condition.

When this happens it’s best to have yourself checked by your GP or our ENT specialists. In the case of our ENT specialists, they will talk to you about your symptoms and will then examine your throat area in order to find out the cause.

Another common type of throat infections is called tonsillitis. Tonsillitis can be treated very quickly and effectively with a course of antibiotics. However, in some cases, the tonsils might need to be removed, to prevent the infection recurring. Again, this is a routine operation, which our specialists have a great deal of experience with.

Glandular Fever

A severe sore throat could be a sign of glandular fever. Glandular fever is caused by a virus, and is very common among teenagers and young adults. It’s an infectious condition and it can be transmitted orally. If you have glandular fever, you will usually have some or all of the common symptons such as:
Someone with glandular fever will usually have several symptoms, including:

  • A very severe sore throat
  • Your tonsils would be swollen
  • Tonsils sometimes covered in a white coating
  • Generally feeling unwell and, occasionally
  • Occasionally a rash on the arms and legs appears.

To successfully diagnose glandular fever we would perform a blood test at one of our clinics. There’s no need for any further medical treatment, as it usually goes away on its own.