What are complications related to a sore throat?

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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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Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and ...

the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.
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