What are complications related to a sore throat?

Many different illnesses can make your throat sore, including the common cold, the flu, and strep throat.

Sore throats are sometimes accompanied by a fever, headache, muscle or joint pain, rash, or swollen lymph nodes. If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor. More serious complications that may develop include a blockage of your airway or an abscess in your throat.

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