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Sore Throat


Healthgrades Editorial Staff

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat is a painful, irritated area in the throat that usually feels worse when you swallow. Your thoat is the tube that connects your mouth to your esophagus and windpipe. The technical name for the throat is pharynx, which explains why a sore throat may also be referred to as pharyngitis, meaning inflammation of the throat.

A sore throat can result from infection (bacterial or viral), allergy, inflammation, trauma, malignancy, airway obstruction, and other abnormal processes. A