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A sore throat (sometimes referred to as 'pharyngitis') is a fairly common illness.
They're usually caused by a viral infection, but can sometimes be caused by the streptococcus bacteria. This is where the term 'strep throat' comes from.
A sore throat is often a symptom of a broader medical issue, such as a cold, cough or flu, but they can occur on their own too.
Sore throats don’t tend to last very long and most people will recover fully within a week. However, if your sore throat isn't going away or is particularly uncomfortable, our doctors can help you feel better.
Since sore throats can be caused by either viruses or bacteria, there are a number of possible symptoms. symptoms. These may occur alongside other issues, or on their own.
Some of the most common sore throat symptoms include:
You may also experience:
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The treatment for your sore throat will depend on whether it was caused by a virus, or by the streptococcus bacteria.
Our GPs will discuss your symptoms with you and work out what the correct treatment is.
Our doctors can recommend a range of steps to manage your symptoms and deal with the cause of your sore throat.
Antibiotics may only be prescribed if your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection. Strep throat is generally more painful and lasts longer than a sore throat caused by a virus, so our GPs can provide a prescription if needed.
Sore throats can be either viral or bacterial.
If it's viral, a sore throat is likely a symptom of the virus you've caught from someone else, such as the flu.
These viruses are passed from person-to-person by direct contact, such as coughs and sneezes, or indirect contact, such as touching a surface that's been touched by an infected person.
If it's bacterial, your sore throat has likely been caused by the streptococcus bacteria.