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Mcgowan Family Health & Wellness Center

It’s never enjoyable to have a sore throat because it makes swallowing, eating, and speaking painful and difficult. If you have a sore throat or another sort of acute illness, Dr. McGowan at McGowan Family Health and Wellness Center in Flossmoor, Illinois, offers flexible scheduling for sick visits. To schedule an appointment, call or go online today.

Q&A about Sick Visits & Sore Throat

When should I make an appointment for a sick visit?

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of an acute illness, such as difficulty breathing or swallowing, make an appointment to see a doctor. If your child is drooling excessively, you should take them to the doctor since they may not be able to swallow properly and risk choking.


If any of the following symptoms arise, Dr. McGowan recommends contacting her office:

  • An continuing or deteriorating condition throat irritation
  • Breathing or swallowing problems
  • You’re having trouble opening your mouth.
  • Pain in the joints, neck, or ears
  • Fever is really high.
  • A rash in your mouth Blood or phlegm in your mouth
  • Your neck has lumps


Your symptoms are less likely to worsen if you get treatment as soon as possible. If you have a burning sensation when urinating, this is a sign of a urinary tract infection and requires an office visit.


What causes a sore throat in the first place?

Sore throats are generally the result of a bacterial or viral infection, such as a cold or the flu, and can be treated at McGowan Family Health and Wellness Center during a sick visit.

Infections caused by viruses

Viral infections are caused by microscopic germs that need living hosts to reproduce and thrive, such as people. Germs infiltrate your cells, causing sore throat and other illnesses:

  • Colds and flu are both common ailments.
  • Mononucleosis
  • Chickenpox or measles
  • Bronchitis, croup, or pneumonia are all possible causes of pneumonia.
  • Infections of the upper respiratory tract


Infections caused by bacteria

Bacterial infections are caused by single-celled organisms that can multiply in a variety of settings, including the human body. Bacteria are normally harmless, although they can cause disease and a sore throat in certain people.


Strep throat is caused by the most common form of bacterium that causes sore throat infections. Symptoms include a severe sore throat, a high fever, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. The common cold and pneumonia are both caused by bacterial infections.

What are some of the signs and symptoms of a sore throat?

Sore throats can be devastating because they make swallowing and talking difficult or painful.

Sore throats can create redness or white patches on your tonsils in some circumstances. All of these indicators point to the need to schedule a sick visit and begin treatment.

At a sick visit, how are ailments treated?

Dr. McGowan determines the origin of your symptoms and prepares a treatment plan when you come in for a sick visit. She might prescribe lab testing like blood or urine tests to see whether there’s a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection.

To boost your immune system and recuperate rapidly, Dr. McGowan recommends resting in bed and drinking plenty of water. As part of your treatment strategy, she may prescribe medicine or suggest over-the-counter products.

Although sore throats appear to be treated with a hot cup of tea and honey, they can be a symptom of a larger, potentially serious problem. To schedule an appointment, call or go online to McGowan Family Health and Wellness Center now.

Insurances We Accept

At McGowan Family Health & Wellness, we accept all major insurances.  If you do not see your insurance listed, please contact our office to insure your coverage with us.

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I enjoy my trips to the doctor. Dr. McGowan is easy to speak with and explains everything very well. She also sees my parents because of her bedside manner
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I am very pleased with Dr. McGowan. She has always listened and answered all of my questions concerning my health - she has played an important part of my health - welfare. I like the time she takes with me, the way she listens to me, the way she answers me and the wisdom she gives me concerning my health. I feel safe with her because I believe she CARES!