Sore Throat (Pharyngitis): Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Pain in the throat may be caused by a variety of inflammations of the larynx, pharynx, or tonsils. Throat soreness is typically associated with painful swallowing. Inflammation of the pharynx (pharyngitis) is the most common form of sore throat and is usually from virus infection.

Related Symptoms & Signs

Other causes of sore throat

  • Bacterial Infection
  • Chemical Irritation (Tear Gas, Smoke, etc.)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Dry Air
  • Virus Infection

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