How does a sore throat affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Once the virus or bacteria enters your nose or mouth, your body will try to do its best to fight it off. The viral cells will replicate and attack certain parts of the body. If your immune system can't conquer the virus completely, then the virus may enter the bloodstream and cause the pain and soreness of your throat and other symptoms of the particular illness. Certain areas of the throat may even swell, like your tonsils, which is a sign that your immune system is still in the fight to destroy the invading cells.

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