What Are the Causes of Chronic Sore Throat?

chronic sore throat Living in New York with a chronic sore throat is more challenging than living in suburban or rural locations. The relentless pace of the city, combined with the ubiquitous pollutants, seasonal allergens from Central Park, and dry, heated air in the highrises and apartments, makes every day a new test of resiliency. Add in navigating spicy, acidic, and hot foods while straining to be heard, and you can understand why New Yorkers consider themselves such a resilient lot. Unlike a typical sore throat that resolves itself within a couple of weeks, a chronic sore throat lingers and persists. So, instead of accepting chronic sore throat as a part of life and knowing it is not rooted in a cold or flu, what causes it, and what can you do about it here in the city?

Common Causes of Chronic Sore Throat

Chronic sore throats can be caused by a greater variety of conditions than you might expect. Check out this list to discover which might be the source of your chronic sore throat:

  • Allergies: From pollen and dust to pet dander and mold, all can cause chronic post-nasal drip that can irritate the throat.
  • Environmental Factors: Pollutants, tobacco smoke, chemicals, and dry air can all cause chronic sore throat.
  • Chronic Sinus Infections: A persistent infection in your sinuses can also be the culprit.
  • Acid Reflux: Yes, that spicy dish, if it leads to GERD, can cause acid to rise through your esophagus into your throat.
  • Vocal Strain: Yelling or prolonged speaking can lead to strained vocal cords and throat muscles.
  • Dehydration: If you are not taking in enough water daily, your throat can get dry and irritated.
  • Tobacco Use: Smoking or chewing tobacco can irritate your throat as well.
  • Stress and Anxiety: Yes, stress can lead to a persistent sore throat as a result of the associated muscle tension.

No matter the cause, a skilled ENT can help determine the best plan of treatment to help mitigate your chronic sore throat. Why not eliminate this one hassle in your life?

Are You Ready To Explore Options To Address Your Chronic Sore Throat?

If you are tired of dealing with the pain and annoyance of a chronic sore throat, reach out to Dr. David Volpi at New York ENT in New York, NY, by calling 212-873-6168 to schedule an appointment to discuss the available treatment options.

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