Sore Throat

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  • Throat feels like it is burning

  • Difficult to swallow food because of pain

  • Pain on the left side of the throat

  • Scratchy throat (sore throat)

  • Burning in the throat when I drink

  • Only one side of my throat hurts

  • I feel strange in my throat

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when swallowing.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Chest pain during swallowing

  • Dysphagia

  • Peripheral cyanosis

  • Fever

Possible causes

  • Viral mucositis

  • Common cold (upper respiratory tract infection)

    Viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms include coughing, runny nose and throat pain. The majority of colds are caused by viruses; a small number are caused by bacteria instead.

  • Allergic rhinitis / allergic conjunctivitis (including spring catarrh)

    A condition caused by allergens (substances that cause allergies) such as pollen and dust mites. These result in runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, and itching of the eyes.

  • Acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis
  • Dengue fever
  • Hand-foot-mouth disease
  • Acute / chronic tracheitis / bronchitis
  • CMPA (Cow's milk protein allergy)

  • Candidiasis (oral, hands and feet)

Related serious diseases

  • Pneumonia (lower respiratory tract infection)

    Inflammation of the lungs. Symptoms include cough, increased phlegm and fever. Some patients may experience breathlessness and chest pain. The most common cause is a bacterial infection.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have a sore throat?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you have a runny nose?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

Other Related Symptoms

Similar symptoms or complaints

References

  • Sore throat

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sore-throat/

Reviewed By:

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

From our team of 50+ doctors

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Shohei Harase, MD

Neurology

Kameda Medical Center, Japan

Yu Shirai

Yu Shirai, MD

Psychiatry

Yotsuya Yui Clinic, Japan

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Internal medicine

Co-founder of Ubie, Inc.

Rohini R

Rohini R, MD

Ear, nose, throat (ENT)

Bayshore Health Centre, India

Seiji Kanazawa

Seiji Kanazawa, MD, PHD

Obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN)

National Center for Child Health and Development, Japan

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