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.

Dr-Verma - Voice and Swallowing Doctor - Sunil Verma MD 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.

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