Harvard Men's Health Watch

On call: Pharyngitis

On call

Pharyngitis

Q. I seem to get three or four sore throats a year. I don't want to run to my doctor for antibiotics every time. How can I tell when I need treatment and when I don't?

A. All of us have had sore throats from time to time. A scratchy throat is no big deal, but when the pain is severe and when it's accompanied by fever, it may need medical attention. Here is a quick rundown on some common causes of sore throat:

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