Sore throat

  • Wilna Rabbets Amayeza Information Services
Keywords: sore throat


Pharyngitis, which is commonly referred to as a sore throat, is inflammation of the back of the throat. It is often felt as pain and even irritation or scratchiness in the throat that usually worsens when the person tries to swallow. There are several other ailments such as tonsillitis and laryngitis that are also commonly referred to as having a sore throat.

A viral infection like a cold or influenza is the most common cause of a sore throat. These infections usually resolve on their own with only symptomatic treatment required. Bacterial infections, like Strep throat (streptococcal infection), on the other hand, often require antibiotic treatment to treat the infection, relieve symptoms and prevent complications. Other causes of a sore throat may include dry air, smoking, hay fever, acid reflux, and breathing heavily polluted air or chemical fumes.

Author Biography

Wilna Rabbets, Amayeza Information Services

Amayeza Information Services, South Africa

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