Throat infections are very common during childhood. The two main categories of throat infection include: Viral infection and Strep throat.
- Viral infection:
This being the most common type of throat infection is associated with high fever. Children with throat viruses suffer from throat pain, which results into poor appetite and sickness, which eventually results into weight loss. Antibiotics do not help throat viruses clear up faster. Viral infections lead to sore throats.
Sore throat is nothing but the inflammation of the throat’s back. A sore throat occurs more easily and frequently when a person has a cold or is suffering from influenza. It also occurs when a person is suffering from sinusitis, measles, diphtheria and even leukemia in rare cases. The symptoms for sore throat are pain, irritation and inflammation in the throat – followed by chills, fever, and some hoarseness or laryngitis. The cure for sore throat is gargling with either plain water or water mixed with salt and lemon. Instead of water, sage tea, grapefruit seed extract, herbs like Echinacea and goldenseal can also be used.
- Strep throat:
Strep throat is nothing but the pharynx getting infected and it happens due to the streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat is common among children and teenagers. It causes sore throat accompanied by mild fever as well. Other associated symptoms can include headache, difficulty in swallowing, stomachache, and a red sandpaper-like rash.
Antibiotics should be used on a regular basis in order to treat strep throat and also to clear up the symptoms, and to avoid spreading the infection. One of the herbal remedies that is effective as anti bacterial and anti viral is Garlic. 10% of sore throat may be due to Strep throat infection.
Other throat infections include Pharyngitis, Tonsillitis, Epiglottitis and Laryngitis.