Sore Throat Information
If you are looking for information on a sore throat (pharyngitis), it's helpful to know what type of infection it is and what is causing it. The two most common reasons for a sore throat are an infection with either a virus (the most common) or bacteria.
The most common viruses to cause a sore throat are the same ones that cause upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold or flu. This is why it is common for a person with a sore throat to also have a cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, hoarseness, and/or redness or irritation of the eyes (pink eye).
If the sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, a healthcare provider can prescribe antibiotics to help decrease the length and severity of symptoms, and decrease the chance for complications.
For viral infections, the only cure is time, as the body will typically heal itself within two to five days. However, there are several home remedies that can help relieve throat pain, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®), throat lozenges, and natural therapies.
(For more information, click Sore Throat. This article explains how the cause of this symptom is diagnosed, how to prevent it, treatment options, and more.)