Sore Throat Symptoms

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Sore throats are very common and usually resolve without specific treatment.

Of the infections that cause sore throat, viral infections are most common. Less often, you may have a bacterial infection called strep throat.

Infections are not the only cause of sore throats. Allergies causing nasal congestion with mouth breathing and acid reflux are two non-infectious causes of sore throat.

Rarely, a sore throat can be a sign of a serious disorder that needs immediate medical attention. Certain causes of a sore throat could block off your airway and stop your breathing if left untreated.

Do you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • shortness of breath

  • such severe pain that you cannot swallow

  • drooling?

Yes, I am experiencing one or more of these symptoms.

No, I do not have these symptoms.

Medical Reviewer: Faculty of Harvard Medical School Last Annual Review Date: 2006-05-15T00:00:00-06:00

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