We all have had a sore throat for a couple of days to perhaps a week after picking up a cold or the flu. However, after three to four weeks of coughing it is not unusual to start to wonder what might be causing your sore throat.

While some of us will start to get a bit concerned that our cough could be something as serious as cancer. The good news is that a chronic sore throat is often not due to cancer. It usually is something as simple as heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux also known as GERD), post nasal drip, viral or bacterial infection (rarely candida).

At Nielsen Clinic (Calgary), we can help you find the cause of your health concern and through our customized approach in developing your treatment plan we have helped our patients overcome their sore throats. 

Below are sections offering information for common questions as well as various elements of sore throats.

+ What is a chronic sore throat?

A chronic sore throat is when you have a sore throat that lasts for more than three to eight weeks, and in some cases, it may last for months or even years.

A chronic sore throat can interrupt sleep, affect energy levels and affect day to day work and personal performance.

+ What causes a chronic sore throat?

Reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease): stomach acids go up to the back of the throat causing you to wake-up with a sore throat.

Allergies: ordinary household exposure to molds, pollens, animal dander and dust can commonly cause sore throats.

Post nasal drip: mucous drops from the back of your sinuses into your throat.

Tumors: While rare tumors of the throat and tongue may cause sore throat pain with pain radiating into the ear and difficulty in swallowing.

+ What are symptoms of a sore throat?

The most common symptoms of a persistent sore throat are pain or a scratchy sensation in the throat, that can worsen when swallow or talk. Difficulty in swallowing, alongside with sore, swollen glands in your neck or jaw and a hoarse or muffled voice..

+ Self-care & Prevention - chronic sore throat

Increase your liquid intake; consider drinking a warm tea with honey is a favorite home remedy.

Use a steamer or humidifier in your bedroom.

Gargle with warm salt water several times daily.

+ Chronic sore throat Treatment - How We Can Help

Step 1 - Listen and understand your concerns: Listen to your health concerns, symptoms, review your health history and do a general physical examination.

Step 2 - Start your treatment plan to address your main areas of concern: Start your initial treatment plan to address your chronic or recur sore throats by addressing the symptoms you are struggling with.

Step 3 - Treating your cause: Tailor your treatment to address underlying reason for your chronic sore throats to help you recover.

Natural Sore Throat Treatment

NIELSEN CLINIC 3R's (Remove, Restore & Recover)



Remove: Start addressing chronic sore throats by address the symptoms you are struggling the most with.



Restore: Reduce inflammation and address the underlying factor causing your cough (GERD, post-nasal, allergies, infections). 



Recover: Tailoring your treatment may decrease or eliminate your chronic sore throat symptoms and feel better. Say goodbye to signs and symptoms of chronic sore throats.