Sore throat 101


When your throat is scratchy and even talking hurts, you just want relief. Read on to learn more about why your throat hurts and what to do to feel better.


What causes a sore throat?

Sore throats are caused by many different factors, but the most common cause is a viral infection, like a cold or the flu. Because antibiotics can’t effectively treat a viral infection, you will usually feel better on your own with home treatment, after a few days.


Other illnesses can cause sore throats, including bacterial infections. Because a sore throat has many possible causes, it’s important to see your doctor if your symptoms get worse or are especially painful.