Pharyngitis in common language is nothing but sore throat; it is inflammation of the pharynx or the back of throat. Frequently it is seen when a person has common cold or an attack of influenza. Pharyngitis can also involve tonsils.
Is Pharyngitis Contagious?
Pharyngitis is a contagious disease; the common organism to cause pharyngitis is streptococcus bacteria and H. influenza virus. The spread is through contact with mucus, nasal discharge and saliva of the infected person. The mode of spread is when a person sneezes, coughs or shares common articles and utensils such as drinking glasses, brush, handkerchiefs and towels etc.
Pharyngitis can occur at any age and both the sexes are equally vulnerable, children are more prone to pharyngitis as their immune system is not well developed compared to adults. Pharyngitis can be acute or chronic.
Symptoms Of Pharyngitis
- Pain in the throat.
- Red inflamed throat on examination.
- Difficulty in swallowing.
- Fever with chills
- Lymph nodes around the neck are swollen.
- Nasal discharge may be present.
How Long Is Pharyngitis Contagious?
Chronic pharyngitis is commonly seen in smokers, in patients having acid reflux disorder or people eating too much spicy food.
Acute pharyngitis remains contagious till the fever and other symptoms are not cured, it may take 48 to 72 hours to get relief from pain and fever when a person is on antibiotics therapy in streptococcus infection.
Treatment For Pharyngitis
- Doctors of modern medicine treat pharyngitis patients with suitable antibiotics and anti- inflammatory medicines.
- There are home remedies such as belleric myroblan, cinnamon, mango bark, fenugreek seeds, holi basil, liquorice, sage, and salt gargles to treat pharyngitis.
- Person suffering from pharyngitis should not share common utensils and articles, he should maintain personal hygiene.
- Salt water gargling at least three times in a day acts effectively in bringing pharyngitis condition to normal.