Your throat is a tube that carries food to your esophagus and air to your windpipe and larynx (also called the voice box). The technical name for the throat is pharynx.
Treatment depends on the cause. Sucking on lozenges, drinking lots of liquids, and gargling may ease the pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also help, but children should not take aspirin.
- Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work - Sore Throat (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Sore Throat (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
- Sore Throat? Know When To Call the Doctor (American Osteopathic Association)
- Sore Throats (American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery)
Diagnosis and Tests
- Difference between a Sore Throat, Strep, and Tonsillitis (American Academy of Pediatrics) Also in Spanish
- Strep Throat Test (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
- Throat Culture (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
Treatments and Therapies
Health Check Tools
- Sore Throat (DSHI Systems)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Pharyngitis (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: A 15-Month-Old Boy With Respiratory Distress and Parapharyngeal Abscess: A...
- Article: Risk factors for secondary post-tonsillectomy haemorrhage following tonsillectomy with bipolar...
- Article: Ketorolac Tromethamine Spray Prevents Postendotracheal-Intubation-Induced Sore Throat after General Anesthesia.
- Sore Throat -- see more articles
- Pharynx Anatomy (National Cancer Institute)
Find an Expert
- American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
- Find an ENT (American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery)
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders