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What are the signs and symptoms of a sore throat?
The signs and symptoms of a sore throat vary depending on the underlying
cause. However, the common symptom shared by individuals with a sore throat is
the feeling of throat pain and discomfort, which is often worsened by swallowing
or talking. Some people may complain of a scratchy or dry sensation in their
throat as well.
Because most cases of sore throat are caused by an infection, individuals may
commonly experience any of the additional following signs and symptoms:
Fever and/or chills
Nausea and/or vomiting
Runny nose or nasal congestion
Lack of appetite
Redness and/or swelling of the tonsils and back of the throat
White patchy areas on the tonsils (exudate)
Swollen and/or tender lymph nodes in the neck
A muffled or hoarse voice
Distinguishing between a sore throat caused by a virus and strep throat can
be challenging, but there are certain features that can often help differentiate
them. Generally speaking, individuals with strep throat will have red swollen
tonsils with white patches (exudate), fever, and swollen tender lymph nodes in
the neck WITHOUT the symptoms typically seen with a viral infection (a "cold")
such as cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. However, this
distinction is not always present, and therefore an evaluation with a health care
professional may be necessary to accurately confirm the diagnosis. Only a throat
culture (swab taken from the back of the throat) can definitively diagnose a