Sore throats are very common and usually resolve without specific treatment.
Of the infections that cause sore throat, viral infections are most common. Less often, you may have a bacterial infection called strep throat.
Infections are not the only cause of sore throats. Allergies causing nasal congestion with mouth breathing and acid reflux are two non-infectious causes of sore throat.
Rarely, a sore throat can be a sign of a serious disorder that needs immediate medical attention. Certain causes of a sore throat could block off your airway and stop your breathing if left untreated.
Do you have one or more of the following symptoms:
shortness of breath
such severe pain that you cannot swallow
Most sore throats last only a few days and rarely continue beyond two weeks. Throat infections and nasal congestion from a cold or allergies are common reasons to have a sore throat.
A sore throat that persists for longer than two weeks usually means that a throat infection is unlikely.
Have you had a sore throat for more than two weeks?
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