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11 Potential Causes For Your Sore Throat (Plus Symptoms For Each)


A sore throat is a common symptom for many illnesses. Dealing with a sore throat is annoying and painful and can often last up to a couple of weeks. The best way to get rid of a sore throat is to determine the root cause. This particular symptom is often associated with three types of illnesses: Viral infections, bacterial infections and irritants.

To help you determine the cause of your sore throat, we’ve compiled this list of possible causes. Each item identifies a possible cause, the type of illness and common symptoms associated with each.

The sooner you (and/or your doctor) determine what type of illness you’re suffering from, the sooner you’ll find relief for your sore throat.

Here are 11 Possible Causes for Your Sore Throat (Plus Symptoms for Each):

1. The Common Cold

Type: Viral Infection

The common cold is the most popular cause of a sore throat. The symptom usually presents itself abruptly alongside the other symptoms listed below. Most people can identify when they’re suffering from a cold.

Symptoms of the Common Cold: Coughing, sneezing, muscle and joint aches and pains, fatigue, clear, runny nose.

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