Pharyngitis: Symptom and Causes


The symptoms of pharyngitis vary depending on how inflamed your throat is. The most common symptom is a sore throat, which may be mild or severe. Other symptoms that you may also have at the same time include:
  • Difficulty and pain when swallowing
  • Fever (a temperature higher than 37.5øC)
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Enlarged and tender glands in your neck
  • Pain or discomfort in your abdomen (tummy)
  • Feeling sick or vomiting
  • Enlarged and painful tonsils (tonsillitis)


The most common cause of a sore throat is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus resolves on its own with at-home care. Strep throat (Streptococcal infection), a less common type of sore throat caused by bacteria. Other causes include
  • Allergies
  • Dryness
  • Irritants
  • Muscle strain
  • Medical conditions

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