What Does My Severe Throat Pain Mean?

What Does My Severe Throat Pain Mean?
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Alla Zaentc and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

I'm experiencing severe throat pain and have taken a photo. Could you please help me determine if it's serious?


Answered by Dr. Alla Zaentc


Thank you for reaching out to Dr.Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Diagnosis: Herpangina, a viral infection primarily caused by enteroviruses, typically presenting with fever, sore throat, and small, painful blisters or ulcers in the mouth and throat.


Symptomatic Management: Focus on relieving discomfort and supporting the body's immune response.


Hydration: Increase fluid intake to prevent dehydration, especially if swallowing is painful. Consuming water, clear broths, and soothing beverages like herbal teas can be beneficial.


Vitamin C and Zinc: Boosting intake of Vitamin C can help support the immune system's response to the viral infection. Foods rich in Vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, and bell peppers. Zinc: Zinc supplements or zinc-rich foods such as meat, shellfish, legumes, seeds, and nuts may aid in reducing the duration and severity of symptoms.




Ask Multiple Doctors Online for Just $5!

Ask Now

About Dr. Alla Zaentc

Dr. Alla Zaentc

Infectious Disease Specialist

Enroll as a Doctor