A sore throat, also known as pharyngitis, is a symptom of a variety of conditions and not an illness in and of itself. The pharynx, commonly called the throat, is the passage whereby food enters the esophagus and air is breathed into the lungs. There are a multitude of conditions that cause a sore throat, so if you or a family member are experiencing one, you will want to have one of our staff examine it.
The three main causes of a sore throat are viral infections, bacterial infections, and irritation. You will recognize common conditions in each of these categories.
- The common cold
- Laryngitis (although this can also be caused by vocal strain)
- Strep throat
Irritation-Induced Sore Throats
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (also known as GERD or heartburn)
- Singing, yelling, or speaking in excess
- Mouth breathing
Regardless of the cause, Urgent Specialists will be able to diagnose and treat your sore throat. If it has been bothering you for a while, it could be something more serious. You should come in immediately if it becomes difficult to swallow or is persistent. A sore throat is generally a sign of a non-life threatening condition like allergies or a cold, but only examination by a qualified health provider will be able to let you know for sure.