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Because a sore throat is a symptom by itself, it's important to look at other possible symptoms to determine what type of sore throat you have. For example, if a person has a sore throat, runny nose, and a low-grade fever, it is likely that the throat infection is caused by a virus. In some cases, however, a sore throat may be the result of a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, which has different symptoms than a viral infection.
An Overview of Sore Throat Signs or SymptomsA sore throat is a symptom in and of itself. It can be caused by a number of conditions, the most common being an infection with either a virus or bacteria (see Sore Throat Causes).
Illnesses and Symptoms of Sore ThroatThere are several different types of infections that can cause a sore throat. Let's look at three examples that show how different germs can cause different symptoms. We'll look at:
- A cough
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Irritation of the eyes (conjunctivitis or pink eye)
- Low-grade fever -- lower than 101ºF (38.3ºC)
- Mild body aches
- Mild headaches
- Swelling of the lymph glands in the neck.
- A fever above 101ºF (38.3ºC)
- Red and enlarged tonsils
- Tender or swollen lymph glands in the neck
- No other signs of a viral infection (such as a cough, runny nose, or irritation of the eyes).