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Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)

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Sore Throat (Pharyngitis) Symptoms & Signs

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Pain in the throat may be caused by a variety of inflammations of the larynx, pharynx, or tonsils. Throat soreness is typically associated with painful swallowing. Inflammation of the pharynx (pharyngitis) is the most common form of sore throat and is usually from virus infection.

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Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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Other Causes of Sore Throat
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Chemical Irritation (Tear Gas, Smoke, etc.)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diphtheria
  • Dry Air
  • Virus Infection
Examples of Medications for Sore Throat
  • acetaminophen, Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Ext, Little Fevers Children's Fever/Pain
  • amoxicillin, Amoxil, Dispermox (Discontinued), Trimox, Moxatag, Larotid
  • aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid, Bayer, Ecotrin, and others)
  • ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, and others)
  • loratadine and pseudoephedrine (Alavert Allergy & Sinus, Claritin-D, Claritin-D 24 hour)
  • naproxen, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve
  • penicillin V, Veetids (Pen-Vee-K is no longer available in the U.S.)


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