What are the common causes of sore throat?

Sore throat can be due to infection caused by:

  • Viruses
  • Bacteria: The most common pathogen is Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Streptococcus)
  • Tonsillitis

Other causes of sore throat are:

  • Allergies: this can cause postnasal drip 
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD): This occurs when stomach acids are backed into the throat
  • Muscle strain
  • Tumors: some tumors in the throat, back of the tongue or voice box (larynx) can cause sore throat. Other accompanying symptoms maybe hoarseness, difficulty in swallowing, difficulty in breathing and blood in saliva or phelgm. 

What is tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils which is typically caused by bacterial infection. It is usually accompanied by fever, swollen tonsils and usually needs to be treated with antibiotics.

When should I see a doctor?

You should seek immediate medical attention if your child has:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Drooling
  • Neck stiffness
  • Neck swelling 

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from my first ENT specialist visit?

Your ENT doctor will first take a look at your medical history, find out more about the symptoms you’re experiencing and thereafter perform a thorough physical examination. This may include certain procedures such as flexible nasoendoscopy (a look into your nasal passages with a tiny camera). Your issues will be addressed and a suitable treatment plan will be devised for you.

How do I prepare my child for the first visit to the ENT clinic?

Always talk to your child to prepare them for their ENT visit. Find out more about the issues they’re experiencing so that you can assist them in helping the ENT doctor understand their condition. Do bring along a list of their old medications and health booklet.

What modes of payment do you accept?

We accept the following modes of payment:

  • Cash
  • NETS
  • PayNow/PayLah
  • All major credit cards

If you are insured and require more assistance, do approach our clinic staff.

Can I claim my medical bills through my Medisave account?

Yes. All Singaporeans and PR are able to use Medisave for certain consultations, procedures, and medications at our clinic. Please contact us to find out more about the eligible services.

I have insurance. Can I use that to claim for my medical bills?

Selected procedures are deductible if patients have purchased Integrated Shield plans. Please contact us to find out more.

The 6 Approved Integrated Shield Insurers are:

  • NTUC Income’s IncomeShield and Enhanced IncomeShield
  • American International Assurance International Co’s (AIA) HealthShield Gold
  • Great Eastern Life Assurance Co’s SupremeHealth and SupremeHealth Plus
  • Aviva Ltd’s MyShield
  • Prudential Assurance Co’s PRUShield
  • AXA Shield