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)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Pharyngitis (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Role of Phosphorylcholine-Specific Immunoglobulin M in Acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infections.
- Article: Gradual aggravation of idiopathic glossopharyngeal neuralgia due to chronic tonsillitis: A...
- Article: Implementing a guideline for acute tonsillitis using an ambulatory medical unit.
- 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