Do you have bad breath? Join the club - most people suffer from halitosis, after all. Do you have bad breath and a sore throat? If so, you may consider talking to a healthcare professional, since a number of experts warn that oral odor can occasionally signal a throat infection.
Sadler Clinic physician Kyle Scarborough wrote in the Monroe County Courier that halitosis is a common symptom of strep throat, a relatively serious throat infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes.
In addition to oral odor, other symptoms of the illness include throat pain, trouble swallowing, whitish tonsils, swollen lymph nodes and fever, Scarborough stated.
In order to temporarily reduce the aromas associated with strep and ailments like tonsillitis and sinus infections, individuals with bad breath may consider rinsing their mouths with water or gargling a specialty breath freshener for at least 30 seconds.
Likewise, once you have successfully treated a case of strep throat, it may help your oral odor level to use a daily oral care probiotics treatment.
The Mayo Clinic warns that strep throat is a serious condition that requires quick diagnosis, since, left untreated, it can result in kidney inflammation or rheumatic fever.