Sore Throat And Swollen Gums

Last Editorial Review: 6/15/2020

Your symptoms and signs match a wide variety of different medical conditions. Viruses or bacteria (such as in strep throat) can cause a sore throat. Bacteria and viruses commonly cause tonsillitis (inflammation of two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of your throat), resulting in a sore throat. If your sore throat is due to a viral infection, antibiotics will not help. Swollen gums are not commonly associated with pharyngitis, strep throat, or tonsillitis. Gingivitis is one of the most common causes of swollen gums. If your symptoms and signs persist, contact your medical provider for evaluation.

While the list below can be considered as a guide to educate yourself about these conditions, this is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a health care provider. There are many other medical conditions that also can be associated with your symptoms and signs. Here are a number of those from MedicineNet:

At MedicineNet, we believe it is important to take charge of your health through measures such as a living healthy lifestyle, practicing preventative medicine, following a nutrition plan, and getting regular exercise. Understanding your symptoms and signs and educating yourself about health conditions are also a part of living your healthiest life. The links above will provide you with more detailed information on these medical conditions to help you inform yourself about the causes and available treatments for these conditions.

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