Pharyngitis refers to the swelling of the pharynx that makes swallowing difficult along with irritation of the throat area. More commonly called sore throat, it is caused by a number of viruses and bacteria that are responsible for influenza, measles and chickenpox. The condition occurs due to another illness and subsides in about seven days or less. Depending on the underlying cause, the symptoms of this condition vary. It includes signs like skin rashes, headache, fever, etc. Physical examination, throat culture and blood tests are performed to identify this condition.
HOW IS PHARYNGITIS DIAGNOSED?
Gonorrhoeae, corynebacterium and Chlamydia are a few rare causes of bacterial pharyngitis.