The cause of a sore throat isn't always obvious. Butin most cases it's a symptom of a viral or bacterialinfection.
A sore throatis often a symptom of:
It may also be caused by something irritating your throat, such as smoke, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (where acid leaks up from the stomach) and allergies .
Less often, a sore throat can be a sign of:
These conditions are more serious and should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible (see below).
Find out what can cause a sore throat, how you can soothe it and when to get medical advice.
The following measures can often help soothe a sore throat: take Painkillers, ibuprofen or paracetamol paracetamol is better for children and for people who can't take ibuprofen (note that childre
The cause of a sore throat isn't always obvious. Butin most cases it's a symptom of a viral or bacterialinfection. Common causes A sore throatis often a symptom of: colds or flu you may also have
You don't usually need to get medical adviceif youhavea sore throat. But it's a good idea tocontact your GP or NHS 111 if: your symptoms are severe you have persistent symptoms thathaven't started
Very rarely, a sore throat can be a sign of a serious problem. Visit your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department or call 999 for an ambulance immediately if: your symptoms are severe