Sore throats are characterized by one or two sided pain in the throat, often also accompanied by a dry or scratchy feeling. Most are caused by infections or environmental allergens. The most common conditions associated with sore throats are, pharyngitis, tonsillitis and laryngitis.
A sore throat is a common condition that can result in pain on one or both sides of the throat. It’s normal to have a dry or scratchy feeling at the same time. A sore throat can be a symptom of another condition, such as the common cold, respiratory infection, or allergies.
What Causes a Sore Throat?
Often, sore throats are caused by viruses, like colds or flu. Other conditions commonly associated with sore throats are pharyngitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. Occasionally, a sore throat can be caused by bacteria.
Symptoms of a Sore Throat
If you have a sore throat, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Painful throat, especially when swallowing
- Redness at the back of the mouth
- Mild cough
- Swollen gland in the neck
- Dry or scratchy throat
Sore Throat Treatment
If you’re concerned about a sore throat, speak to our healthcare providers. A virtual doctor will help to understand your symptoms by asking a few simple questions and determine the best course of treatment. If needed, our doctors can prescribe medication that is most suitable to help your symptoms. Your individualized treatment plan will depend on the severity and cause of the sore throat.