Sore Throat But No Fever? Causes & Symptoms.
Many people are at a lost for what could cause a sore throat but no fever. Because a sore throat is a symptom for multiple health issues and illnesses, it is hard to diagnose the problem without seeing your doctor first. There are a few culprits that commonly cause pain in the esophagus without a spike in body temperature.
Are you one of the millions of Americans suffering from allergic reactions? Allergies can cause a sore throat because they can lead to a post-nasal drip. This means secretions from your nose are running down and irritating your throat tissues. The sore throat will go away once you have your allergies under control.
Got a nose that is all stuffed up?
The sore throat but No fever could be a side effect of mouth breathing. Breathing through your mouth tends to dry the throat, especially at night when saliva production temporarily slows down. A humidifier can help increase water vapor in the air which can help decrease the dryness of your mouth.
Do you have Gastroesophageal Reflux disease? You may be, but it has not been diagnosed. With this disease, liquids and foods in your stomach run back up into the throat and cause irritation to the esophagus tissue. Basic antacid tablets, which are available without a prescription, can help this issue.
Recent behavior could also cause pain in your throat. Have you been overindulging on alcohol or cigarettes? Smoke and alcoholic beverages can irritate the tissues in your throat. Alcohol can also dry out your mouth further because it affects the salivary glands. Since smoking and alcohol abuse can lead to additional health problems, it is best to avoid these altogether.
Why is my throat sore?
It could be any one of a number of reasons. It’s easiest to break the causes of a sore throat but No Fever down to common versus rare. The overwhelming odds are you have something common and that’s exactly what your doctor is thinking.
Three common reasons for a sore throat are,
- and Dry air.
Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which one you have, but often there are clues to the origin. When it comes to infection, people tend to be most concerned about a strep throat, so we’ll start there.
A strep throat is caused by bacteria,
which is a type of germ. The more of these signs and symptoms you have, the more likely you have strep:
- High fever,
- Puss on your tonsils or throat,
- Tender glands along the side of your neck,
- No appreciable other symptoms such as cough or nasal congestion.
Strep is ultimately diagnosed with a culture or rapid strep test. It is less common than the other major infectious cause of a sore throat without Fever which is a category of germ called a virus. There are many viruses that can give you a sore throat but no fever and upper respiratory symptoms and they can present in different ways, they can also present exactly like strep.
- Clues that it might be a virus are: lots of different symptoms like a cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, and these symptoms can sometimes feel like a roller coaster ride . . . better one day worse the next, different symptoms on different days. They can last from hours to weeks. Both strep and viruses can cause fatigue and headache.
- Clues to allergies or dry air causing a sore throat but no fever are symptoms worse in the morning due to a post nasal drip, occur in different houses, around pets, or different parts of town or the country, similar times from year to year. Acid reflux at night can cause sore throat in the morning as well.
Doctors start to consider uncommon causes when the duration of symptoms are longer than expected or if there is something unusual or particularly concerning such as a stiff neck or various risk factors for other medical conditions. Keep in mind that sometimes minor annoying symptoms can last more than a month and still be caused by a virus.
Yellow or Green Mucous?
What does it mean if I have yellow or green mucous coming from my nose? green mucous bloody nose. Some doctors say as soon as the mucous turns yellow or greenish you need antibiotics. This isn’t necessarily the case. The studies don’t show that green mucous is clearly bacterial and needs antibiotics. Puss is a different story. Puss indicates an abscess that may require further intervention than just antibiotics and may need to be drained
Sore Throat But No Fever,Am I contagious?
I can answer this in 1 word, YES. Both viral and bacterial upper respiratory infections are considered contagious.
You are probably most contagious in the early stages of your illness and even shortly before you start exhibiting symptoms. Does that mean you shouldn’t go to work or school? Well, that’s up to you. It depends on how ill you are feeling and how important it is for you to be at work at school. Just because you stay and rest at home doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to bet better any sooner.
Also keep in mind there is a chance you may get blamed if someone you come into contact with gets sick. If you do go out, try to keep a barrier between you and other people it may minimize chance of spread given today’s knowledge of spread of infection. Avoid touching, sharing drinks, and close contact with people. Wash hands frequently which is also a good idea if you’re trying to avoid getting sick.
Why does my face hurt?
Sinus infections are just one of the many causes of facial pain. Doctors generally consider all of the causes before coming to the conclusion of sinus infection or sinusitis. Some other common causes of facial pain are tooth problems, TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome), ear infections and allergies, among many others. Your doctor can synthesize the information and come up with the most likely scenario.
I’m Suffering From Sore Throat But No Fever,Do I need Antibiotics?
Seeing if antibiotics are necessary is the main reason people go to their doctor for a sore throat. Whether or not they are needed is controversial to say the least. The general rule of thumb is; antibiotics for strep, no antibiotics for viral infection. A doctor can make an educated guess as to the likelihood of strep based on clinical judgement, or a throat culture (or rapid strep) can be done.
Doctors have different thresholds for prescribing antibiotics. The most expeditious style is to prescribe antibiotics for every sore throat but no Fever. It takes very little time for the doctor to do this, the patient is happy because they walk out of the office with medicine they think will help them, and when the patient is happy that in turn makes the doctor happy. Most sore throats but no Fever are viral, so this prescribing method leads to many antibiotic treated viral infections. Which to most patients is no big deal if they don’t get any side effects.
What is the down side to taking antibiotics for Sore Throat but No fever?
The big one you may have read about from time to time, is antibiotic resistance. People who take antibiotics frequently increase the likelihood of an antibiotic losing its effectiveness against certain bacteria in their own bodies. There is also the issue of antibiotic resistance to bacteria in the community. So what you might ask? In the long run, we come across what are known as super bugs which could potentially be resistant to all antibiotics. A scary thought, and a concern of infectious disease specialists. Other common problems with antibiotics are allergic reactions, upset stomach, diarrhea, and yeast infections.
Will Strep go away without Antibiotics?
Absolutely, keep in mind strep has been around for many thousands of years and has evolved with us, on the other hand antibiotics have been with us for 60 or so years. People got over strep fine before the discovery of antibiotics. As far as I know there hasn’t been a strep plague in world history.
Will antibiotics cure my strep and make it go away sooner?
Believe it or not, this is a controversial issue as well. Some studies support that it may decrease the course of strep by up to two days, others studies do not support this.
So why are antibiotics prescribed for strep?
The original studies done many years ago, found that a ten-day course of penicillin or erythromycin would decrease the incidence of rheumatic fever (an illness associated with prior strep infection) from 5% to less than 1%. Rheumatic fever is thought to lead to heart valve abnormalities that could affect someone later in life. Even this is controversial. Acute rheumatic fever is generally a disease of childhood. Some infectious disease gurus don’t think the particular strains that cause rheumatic fever are prevalent anymore given it is seen so rarely.
Some Home Remedies for Sore Throat but No Fever.
The following remedies and treatments are the most common and widely used ones.
- Salt water gargle and turmeric water gargle is the most common remedy.
- The other effective treatment is with apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper syrup which are also quite common.
- From honey to ginger, garlic to lemon all have different medical properties in suppressing the illness and the discomfort from it. Garlic and ginger contains allicin, a chemical that kills the bacteria that causes strep.
- Horseradish (Russian special radish) is known as a terminator for sore throat and is usually taken along with honey because it does not taste like a normal radish.
Also some attached causes of the illness are mainly due to common cold and running nose. Curing these may also solve the problem itself.
Steam inhaling and drinking lots of fluid is very important as inhaling will open the clogging in the nose and intake of fluid will compensate the loss of fluid from the body. Adding eucalyptus or spearmint oil or a tablet of Carbol can be used for the inhaling vapors. Even simple things like sleeping and resting will increase the immunity to fight the disease. It is also advisable to sleep with the mouth close as it causes mouth dryness and hence can also be a cause for it. Avoiding shouting can also decrease the chances of a throat problem. Power breathing and yoga also increases the breathing control and leads to the relaxing of muscles and glands of the throat.
Thus, these remedies are more suitable for all the people and have no ill effects of any kind. You can stop wondering how to cure a sore throat but No Fever now with these fantastic and simple home remedies.
When will Sore throat go away?
You’ll feel better when you feel better, sounds like a Yogi-ism but it’s generally true. There are many different viruses that can make you feel lousy and each can give a variety of symptoms. Depending on the strain of virus and many factors yet unknown to medicine, it’s a little tough to predict the duration.
They can last from several hours to weeks, average about 1 week. Sore throat but no Fever due to strep generally last a week or so. If you’re illness is taking longer than expected to resolve and you’re in general good health, don’t panic, you’re body probably needs a little more time to fight.
Depending on your symptoms, appearance, and level of concern your doctor may order a culture, blood work, or chest x-ray if the illness seems to be lasting too long. Individual doctors have different thresholds for ordering these tests. It’s a matter of style, training, and experience.
Can I prevent This Sore Throat But No Fever Condition?
There are three basic categories for prevention of a sore throat (or upper respiratory infection, which is another name for sore throat with or without other associated symptoms).
1) Physical barrier
2) Taking something
3)Keeping your defenses strong.
Viruses and Bacteria that cause sore throats are thought to be spread via respiratory droplet (floating in the air) or human contact (the sick guy shakes my hand then I rub my nose). It sounds logical that if you can avoid this kind of contact or make a barrier to it you may be able to avoid getting sick. I’m not suggesting you live in a plastic sterile bubble but you can do some things to avoid contact with viruses. Theoretically you should wash hands frequently and avoid sharing food or eating utensils with people you know are ill.
The next level of Sore Throat prevention would be taking something.
This could be in the form of a medicine, vaccine, or mind healing. There is no medicine on the market that can guarantee you won’t get ill. Echinacea and Goldenseal are herbs that have popular support for prevention as does vitamin C. Clinical trials offer conflicting results.
The mechanisms of action are not entirely clear and are mostly theoretical. It might be a mind-body healing action which is not yet understood. These therapies are not considered harmful although they can be a little expensive. If you need more info, there are many books on the subject and you could always consult an Alternative Medicine practitioner. For faith healing, chanting, meditating, hypnotism and so forth, I’d recommend you talk to someone who has tried it with a particular method or practitioner, again, it won’t hurt except maybe in the pocketbook.
As far as vaccines go, many of us were immunized for some virus and bacteria (polio, mumps, measles, rubella, sometimes hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, haemophiles influenza, pertussis). We generally don’t have to worry about these guys, unfortunately we’re not immunized against a myriad of other viruses and bacteria that make us feel bad. The flu shot analysis is covered in it’s own section.
The last prevention method is keeping your immune system or defenses strong (assuming you are generally health and don’t have any chronic illnesses such as HIV or diabetes). You can get a lot of advice on this topic: Don’t go out in the rain, bundle up, eat right, exercise, minimize stress, take vitamins and so on. Generally harmless advise, but not guaranteed. I’ve been out in the rain plenty without getting ill, I’ve been cold plenty without getting ill, and I have gotten ill without any apparent reason…go figure. Sometimes there isn’t an understandable reason for everything that happens, it just does. I would advice that you don’t blame yourself for your illness and appreciate the times you’re feeling good.
What about Drinking Orange juice For a Sore Throat ?
People like to drink orange juice because of the vitamin C which is commonly thought to help a sore throat but no Fever or respiratory infection. The problem with orange juice or juices in general is that they tend to be acidic and can make a sore throat feel worse. The acid can also upset your stomach which makes drinking less palatable and indirectly cause more dehydration.
Citrus juices are also implicated in stomach acid reflux, so that acids from the stomach can come up and cause a burning sensation in the throat as well. Vitamin C is understood to be the cure all for respiratory illness, unfortunately there is not much clear evidence to support this based on studies. Some people swear by it though. So if the orange juice is bothering your throat, you may want to go with clear fluids. Water, electrolyte drinks, tea, and broth are commonly recommended.
Is my immune system down?
“Is there something wrong with my immune system” is a common question but difficult to answer. Since our immune system is a barrier to infection, it seems logical that if an infection gets through, our immune system is down or unable to fend off the infection. Doctors usually think of decreased immunity in terms of specific types of conditions which lead to an “Immunocompromised state.” There are specific tests to diagnose these conditions. You should be more in tuned for these conditions depending on your symptoms, family history, and HIV risk factors. For the sake of this discussion I won’t get into describing these conditions and I’ll assume an intact immune system which is usually the case.
There are many theories as to what makes you susceptible to sore throats but no Fever or infections, some say diet, lack of exercise, change in weather, going out in the rain, allergies, stress, karma, lack of balance in life, and many more. None of these are clearly proven, but people will certainly give testimonials and anecdotal evidence for them. There are many immune boosting supplements on the market, again nothing is clearly proven, even the old stalwart vitamin C is having a hard time in the clinical studies. Hopefully as medical science advances we’ll have more answers in the coming years.
Should I get the flu shot?
The flu shot only helps protect you against certain strains of the influenza virus that are prevalent in that particular year. Most of the multitude of viruses that can make you feel sick aren’t touched by the flu shot, so chances are you’ll get sick just as often whether or not you get the flu shot. The flu shot is recommended for certain populations of people because they are more susceptible to succumbing to the flu.
Young healthy people generally get over the flu after a few days, but for older people (especially people in nursing homes) and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma it may be a little tougher. It is recommended that they get the flu shot, as well as health care workers and in general people with the potential to spread the virus to a susceptible population.
Recommendations for who should get the flu shot get analyzed pretty much yearly, and it still isn’t clear if people under the age of 65 without any chronic medical problems should routinely get them.
What’s the downside to getting the flu shot?
It’s a somewhat invasive procedure, some people don’t like to mess with there immune system that way, and occasionally it can make you feel like you have a mild viral illness.
What should you do if you don’t fit a recommended category for the flu shot?
It’s really up to you. Talk to your doctor, read about it, talk to people who get the shot. You’ll get supporters and detractors, but it may help you make up your own mind.
Sore Throat but No Fever Summery.
If you have a sore throat but no fever, it is important to remember that a virus or bacterial infection could still be the cause. The most common infection is caused by Group A Streptococcus bacteria, also known as strep throat. This illness is common during the cold winter months and early spring. It can be very contagious. Although you can get better on your own, it is best to visit your doctor for antibiotics to avoid any serious complications.