What increases my risk for a sore throat?

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A sore throat may have several causes, from a common cold to polluted air. If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you may be at increased risk for developing a sore throat.

  • Are you a teenager or younger? Or do you have a job where you work with children?
  • Do you smoke or live with someone who smokes?
  • Do you have sinus infections regularly?
  • Is your immune system compromised (whether from disease or stress)?
  • Do you skip washing your hands throughout the day?
  • Do you have allergies?

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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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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.