Can My Sore Throat Heal on Its Own?

Can My Sore Throat Heal on Its Own?

For a day or two, a sore throat usually isn’t overly concerning. But if you keep waking up with that same telltale discomfort, you might be wondering what to do. 

A lot of sore throats heal on their own — but not all of them. To help you determine if you should seek medical care, our sore throat specialists have created this guide. You can use it to decide whether it’s time to visit either of our SmartClinic Urgent Care clinics in West Covina and Santa Clarita, California.

Healing timetable for most sore throats

Ultimately, your sore throat’s ability to heal on its own comes down to what’s causing it.

Sore throats from viral infections

If you’re dealing with a viral infection like a cold or the flu, your sore throat lasts as long as it takes the infection to run its course. In most cases, that’s anywhere from a few days to a little more than a week. 

If your sore throat and the other symptoms you’re experiencing are manageable, you can stay home and wait for the virus to pass. Drink plenty of fluids, and get lots of rest. 

Sore throats from other causes

While many sore throats come from viruses, other health conditions also can be to blame. If you have bacterial infection, like strep throat, symptoms generally don’t go away until you treat the underlying condition. Fortunately, with a prescribed antibiotic, you should feel better in a few days. 

Similarly, you might get a sore throat because of another health condition, such as allergies or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In those cases, your sore throat usually doesn’t disappear until you treat the issue causing it. 

Getting rid of a sore throat

Ultimately, because many sore throats are caused by viral infections, they often go away on their own. If you have the option to stay home for about a week to wait it out, you can see if your throat heals naturally.

If you need to get back to work or school, though, seeing a doctor for treatment can help you feel better — and get rid of anything contagious — sooner. Here at SmartClinic Urgent Care, we can diagnose the root cause of your sore throat and apply treatment to help speed your road to recovery.

For sore throat treatment and all of your other urgent care needs, you can either walk into a SmartClinic Urgent Care clinic or call ahead to make an appointment. You can also schedule a virtual visit online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

My Child Has the Flu: What Should I Do?

Because the flu is very contagious and can make your child very sick, it’s important that parents feel informed about how to handle this common illness. Here’s your quick-start guide.

How B Vitamins Help Your Body

B vitamins play a huge role in your body, helping with your immune response, cardiovascular health, energy levels, and more. Learn what these powerful vitamins do and how to be sure you’re getting enough of them here.

Why Antibiotics Aren't the Go-To Solution for Bronchitis

Whether you have acute or chronic bronchitis, antibiotics probably aren’t going to be the ticket to better health. Learn more about the different types and causes of bronchitis along with the most effective treatments available today.

What Causes an Abscess?

If you’ve developed a fluid-filled, painful area on your body, you could be living with an abscess. Learn what might have caused it and how to get rid of it in this guide.

7 STDs and How to Protect Yourself

Knowing about the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) — and their symptoms — can help you keep yourself healthy. Here are seven STDs to watch for so you can protect your health.