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Throat Pain - What Should We Know?

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ENT Specialist, Faridabad
Throat Pain - What Should We Know?

Viruses are the most common cause of pain in the throat or sore throat. It is often accompanied by cold symptoms like running nose, red watery eyes, cough and sneezing. Smoking, irritants in the air and pollution are the main causes of sore throat.

It becomes very difficult to swallow food in such a condition when an individual experiences pain, itchiness or irritation in their throat.


The main causes of occurrence of sore throat include:

  1. Leukemia in exceptional cases
  2. Measles
  3. Sinusitis
  4. Diphtheria
  5. Mumps
  6. Bacterial as well as Viral Infection as in Common Cold
  7. Influenza
  8. Smoking

Symptoms of Sore Throat:

The Nasal passages get blocked:

  1. Inability to gulp down food
  2. Severe pain in the throat which is followed by coughing
  3. Lymph glands get swollen
  4. Fever is followed by Chills

When to Visit the Doctor?

It is very important to visit your Doctor if the pain in the throat lasts for longer time, and it is accompanied by symptoms like joint pain, difficulty in breathing and fever. The symptoms include pain in the throat and hoarseness, while white patches on the tonsils also occur in this condition. People of all age groups can get affected with this condition, but it usually affects children and smokers. People with a weak immune system and suffering from allergies are also prone to feel pain in the throat.

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