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Urgent Care Reports: Sore Throats Due To Acid Reflux

First Med Urgent Care: Providing You With Information

When that dreaded sand paper feeling starts creeping in your throat, followed by the awful soreness, you may be inclined to automatically blame a cold, the flu, or strep throat, but did you know acid reflux can cause sore throats, too? Our urgent care staff is here to inform you about this common sore throat cause which is often overlooked.

First, let’s talk a little bit about your esophagus. This muscular tube carries food from your mouth and connects the throat or pharynx to the stomach. When acid from your stomach comes up through your esophagus it can cause irritation in the throat. This is what our urgent care doctors would commonly refer to as acid reflux.

How do you know that it’s not one of the other more common problems causing your sore throat?

Not everyone will have all of the same symptoms, but if you have one or more of the following symptoms on this urgent care checklist you might have acid reflux:

  • You’re not running a fever, but you do have a sore throat
  • You have chronic hoarseness or wheezing
  • You have chest pain accompanied by pain in the neck, jaw, arms, or legs
  • You have shortness of breath, weakness, irregular pulse, or sweating
  • You have a dry cough
  • You have trouble swallowing
  • You feel as though there is a lump in your throat
  • You have extreme stomach pain

If you’ve already tried over-the-counter medications for more than two weeks and you still have symptoms indicative of severe acid reflux , it’s time to see a doctor. Our urgent care staff is available to help you with a diagnosis every day of the week from 8am to 7:30pm. If you need to see a doctor, we recommend checking in online for faster service. You may check-in at any of our locations by clicking here.

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Urgent Care Topics: Cough Types And Durations

Coughing up the info about when to visit an urgent care

First Med Urgent Care treats many patients with various illnesses that bring coughs along with them. Coughs are a signal to your body that something is definitely wrong. With all the hacking going on you may start to wonder when you should visit an urgent care or try to treat your cough at home. Knowing when to visit an urgent care for your cough may be difficult, but the type of cough and duration of the cough will be the key factors.

Dry coughs: With dry coughs there is no mucus being produced. These types of dry barking coughs are most associated with sinus infections, viral illnesses and influenza (or flu).

Wet coughs: This cough brings phlegm with it. Post-nasal drip, bronchitis and pneumonia are all common illnesses associated with the wet cough.

How you can help:  Always wash your hands, disinfect your home and if you have to cough do it into your elbow to avoid spreading germs to others through the air.

It is important to note that the common cold can go either way (wet or dry) and in most cases goes away on it’s own. Time will be the test here as with all coughs. The recommendation is that if your cough does not go away within three weeks, it’s time to visit an urgent care doctor for medical treatment.  A definite reason to visit an urgent care due to a cough is if you notice the cough is so strong that you feel like vomiting at the end of harsh hacking. This could mean that you have Whooping cough which needs to be treated. Coughs that last eight weeks or more are most likely not going anywhere without some help. These long-lasting coughs can be caused by other things, also, such as acid reflux or Asthma.

If you find yourself in need of medical treatment for ongoing coughs, First Med Urgent Care is here for you.