Sore throat, or pharyngitis, is most often caused by an infection that causes a raw, painful throat and cold-like symptoms.

If you’re sick, cover your mouth whenever you have to cough or sneeze. Wash your hands regularly and completely and avoid sharing items like drinking glasses with others

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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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