The presence of plaque in your throat is a symptom of acute tonsillitis caused by bacteria like streptococcus (strep throat).
It affects just as many adults as children, especially younger ones that tend to put things in their mouth, making it easier to spread infection to the throat.
In some cases, plaque in the throat appears with acute GABHS pharyngitis, which is the inflammation of the mucous that covers the pharynx. This plaque is filled with pus and can cause the following symptoms:
- High fever
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Other symptoms
If you notice these symptoms (or most of them) you should consult your doctor to begin the appropriate treatment.
How do I know if I have plaque in my throat?
If your sore throat is caused by plaque, it can cause the some or all of the following signs.
1. Pain and Difficulty Swallowing
The pain can be intense and be the most irritating when swallowing. It usually starts with a slight itch that grows until it’s difficult to do certain things like eat, drink or swallow saliva.
If it’s a bacterial infection, the plaque is wide-spread and the pain can be piercing and annoying. In this case, it’s important to follow an antibiotic treatment prescribed by your doctor.
Also read: Try These 7 Remedies for a Sore Throat
In the case of a viral infection, you could feel pain in your jaw and head. To treat it, antibiotics won’t work. Therefore, it’s important that you ask your doctor what medication is right for you.
3. Bad Breath
This doesn’t always occur, but when the infection is caused by the streptococcus bacteria, sometimes it can cause bad breath. This occurs due to the reproduction of the bacteria.
4. Check the Lymph Nodes in Your Neck
Your lymph nodes trap and destroy the germs that are located in your throat. When inflamed, they’re tender to the touch if you have strep throat.
- Use your fingertips to feel the area in front of your ear and move your fingers in a circular motion behind your ear.
- Inspect the area of your neck below your chin, since it’s common to find inflamed lymph nodes there.
- Also check below your jaw, in between your chin and your ear.
- Move your fingers in a circular motion backwards toward your ear.
The whole lymph node area could be inflamed due to the infection and the plaque in your throat.
5. Check Your Tongue
People that have strep throat often have lumpy red bumps on the tongue near the throat. They can be light red or dark red, and they may be inflamed.
6. Check Your Tonsils
Generally, inflammation causes inflamed tonsils. The tonsils will usually turn bright red and are larger than normal. They could also be covered in white or yellow patches.
The plaque in the throat your throat could be viral. If it’s caused by the seasonal flu, antibiotics won’t be effective. For these cases, it’s best to opt for home remedies or homeopathy.
We recommend that you read: How to Naturally Soothe Swollen Tonsils
Natural Remedies for Pharyngitis
Cayenne pepper has antibacterial properties that can help prevent the infection from spreading to deep tissue wounds. It alleviates the inflammation and reduces the burning sensation.
How to Make a Paste with Cayenne Pepper
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
To make this remedy, you should make a paste with the cayenne and the coconut oil. Once you’ve created a homogenous mix that is well-blended, apply it to the inflamed area of your throat and lymph nodes.
Salvia tea has anti-inflammatory properties. Just mix the tea with lime juice or apple vinegar and gargle with it to ease the discomfort.
Strep throat is highly contagious, and you should take some steps regarding hygiene to prevent passing it on, such as:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Cover your mouth when you cough (preferably with your shoulder or elbow, not into your hand).
- Avoid sharing utensils, such as cups, forks, spoons, and personal bathroom items.
- Keep disposable tissues with you.