This condition includes pain or a feeling of scratchiness in the throat. It is also known as pharyngitis.
Pharyngitis is a feeling of pain or scratchiness in the throat. It is often due to inflammation caused by a virus (cold or flu) or bacteria (e.g., strep throat). Some other possible causes of a sore throat include:
Symptoms associated with a sore throat due to a viral infection are typically mild, have a gradual onset and last three to four days.
Symptoms associated with a bacterial infection (usually strep throat) are more common in late winter and early spring. They may include sudden onset of a high fever, sore throat with painful swallowing, swollen lymph nodes in the neck or a rash. Contact your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms.
To help ease your sore throat, try over-the-counter medications, salt water gargles, warm or cold liquids, a soft diet and cool mist humidifiers. Hard candy or throat lozenges can be helpful for older children and adults. If you smoke, quit!
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if your sore throat begins suddenly, you have a high fever or you are not getting better.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
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