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Causes of Sore Throat

November 3, 2013

Sore throat can come from or more of a number of causes. Some of these causes can include:

  • Strep infection – If your physician suspects that you suffer from a strep throat, he may use a Q-tip to swab the back of your throat to test it for any strep infection.
  • Cold – Cold can be caused by any of more than 200 types of viruses and some of them can cause a sore throat.
  • Throat Cancer – The immune system is severely impaired by cancer and cancer of the throat can easily lead to a sore throat. This type of cancer usually affects people who smoke or drink alcohol. Some studies also indicate that human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to neck, throat and head cancer. Early detection of cancer can make this disease be easily cured.
  • Allergies/Air pollution – A sore throat is one of the likely side effects of an allergy. Allergies can often occur from things like animal dander, dust, mold, grass and pollen. Allergies are often treated by medications known as antihistamines.
  • GERD – Also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or simply called acid reflux, this is a condition wherein acid coming from the stomach flows back into the esophagus and occasionally even to the throat causing irritation of the throat and esophagus. This condition usually happens in the morning after you wake up.
  • Mononucleosis – Also known as mono for short. This disease often entails a really bad sore throat and inflamed tonsils. It spreads by saliva and cannot be resolved by antibiotics. Mononucleosis often takes about three months to heal by itself.
  • Post nasal drip/sinusitis – A post nasal drip can is when drainage from a runny nose travels to the back of the throat rather than in the nostrils. This is caused allergy, infections and sinusitis among others.
  • Intubation – Having a tube inserted into the mouth for a certain period of time can cause a sore throat. Certain surgeries like thyroidectomy or tonsillectomy can also cause you to develop sore throat.
  • Respiratory diseases – H7N9, H1N1, influenza
  • Pertussis or whooing cough
  • Herpangina
  • Excessive strain on the voice – The weakening of the voice and throat muscles can make them prone to infection which can lead to sore throat. Singers are prone to this condition


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