Sore throat is a pain, irritation or scratchiness that occurred in the throat. It can get worse when swallowing. Usually, the most common cause is a viral infection like flu or cold. If the cause is a virus, then it may likely be healed without doing anything.

Another less common type is a streptococcal infection caused by bacteria. When this is the case, antibiotics treatment can help prevent any further complications. There are also other less common causes which may need more advanced treatment.


Difficulty of swallowing

The throat is painful or scratchy

Pain gets worse when talking or swallowing

Swollen or red tonsils

Muffled or hoarse voice


Avoid sharing of glasses

Washing of hands as often as needed

Sneezing or coughing

Regular cleaning of remotes, telephones, computer keyboard

Do not just touch public phones/drinking fountains

Avoiding close contact with sick individuals

Some treatment options

Increase fluid intake

Enough rest

Avoiding irritants

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  1. March 1, 2019

    Even sleeping with your mouth open in the winter, when the air can get as dry as the Sahara, can cause a sore throat. Even if your sore throat is caused by a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu, you probably can wait it out while drinking hot tea with honey and sucking on throat lozenges to ease the discomfort. Thus, the prevention measures shared in the article above are really helpful.

  2. March 6, 2019

    Helpful stuff! A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. Thank and keep up the great work!

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