A sore throat can make swallowing, eating and drinking uncomfortable if not downright painful. Although a sore throat is a common ailment, especially it seems during these winter months, it’s important to know how to treat it and when to see a physician.
What is a sore throat?
A sore throat is pain, irritation and scratchiness of the throat that is caused by a virus, usually the same virus that causes colds and flu. A sore throat can also make the throat feel swollen and make it difficult to eat or drink.
Some Symptoms of a Sore Throat
- Scratchiness and pain in the throat
- Trouble swallowing
- Sore glands on either side of the throat
- Trouble talking, pain increases with talking
In most cases, a sore throat will resolve itself over the course of a few days or at the most, a week.