Chronic Sore Throat: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Related Symptoms & Signs

Sore throat is most commonly an acute process that is the result of an infection such as the common cold or infectious mononucleosis. However, some chronic conditions like gastroesophageal reflux, some cancers, chronic tonsillitis, and other conditions can lead to sore throat symptoms that last longer and persist (chronic sore throat). Symptoms that might be present, depending on the cause of the chronic sore throat, include

Other possible accompanying symptoms are heartburn, fever, fatigue, and redness of the mouth or throat.


Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/21/2017
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