A sore throat may be due to many different causes. Most commonly a sore throat results from a viral or bacterial infection. Allergies may also be responsible for a sore throat. Sore throat can also be a sign of something more dangerous such as cancer, although this is not common.
Evaluation for a sore throat involves a complete head and neck exam and often a laryngoscopy. Antibiotics are only necessary if there is a bacterial infection such as strep throat, of if another infections, such as a bacterial sinus infection.
Sore throats that persist for some time without treatment merit a full workup and a visit with a physician such as an otolaryngologist. This is to ensure that a cancer or tumor is not a cause of the sore throat.
Throatdisorder.com is an online resource for patients and physicians to learn more about common voice, swallowing, breathing and throat disorders. Throat complaints, from cough to cancer, are a common reason for patients to seek medical treatment. This website developed as a result of Dr. Sunil Verma's passions: that of education, patient care, and interest in technology.