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Sore Throat During Pregnancy

What could be causing your sore throat — and how to safely treat it during pregnancy.
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March 2, 2017
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What is sore throat during pregnancy?

A sore throat is an inflammation of the throat that’s painful and reddened, and may lead to trouble swallowing and even breathing.

What might be causing my sore throat during pregnancy?

There are lots of possible causes of a sore throat — acid reflux, asthma, allergies, bacterial or fungal infections, pollutants or chemicals — but most are due to viral infections, says Mary L. Rosser, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. When you’re pregnant, sore throat is often due to congestion and postnasal drip.

When should I go to the doctor with a sore throat during pregnancy?

If your symptoms are severe or last more than 24 hours, talk to your doctor.

How do I treat a sore throat during pregnancy?

Try natural remedies like a saltwater gargle or hot water mixed with honey and lemon; if those don’t help, you can take acetaminophen for the pain.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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