Sore throat, or pharyngitis, is most often caused by an infection that causes a raw, painful throat and cold-like symptoms.
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What causes a sore throat?
Viruses cause most sore throats. Viruses that cause sore throats spread easily. Both virus and bacteria can cause sorethroats.
The most common bacterial cause of a sore throat is Strep Throat.
What are symptoms of sore throat?
Sore throat symptoms include throat pain and difficulty swallowing. You may also have cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, hoarseness or a cough.
How is a sore throat treated?
Antibiotics are only helpful when a sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection. Antibiotics will not help a sore throat caused by a virus.
A healthcare provider can help determine the cause of your sore throat and the best way to treat it.
Contact a healthcare provider right away if:
- Your neck is tender
- You have serious trouble swallowing
- You suspect you have strep throat
- Your pain is severe
- Your throat doesn’t get better after a week
- You are pregnant and the symptoms last longer than three days
CareNow® Can Help
If you or your child have a sore throat and need help managing your symptoms, CareNow® urgent care can help. Locate the nearest CareNow Urgent Care clinic to set up a visit.
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