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.
Diagnosis and Tests
- Difference between a Sore Throat, Strep, and Tonsillitis (American Academy of Pediatrics) Also in Spanish
- Strep A Test (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
Treatments and Therapies
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Pharyngitis (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory profile of patients presenting with severe acute...
- Article: The epidemiology of superficial Streptococcal A (impetigo and pharyngitis) infections in...
- Article: Factors associated with SARS-COV-2 positive test in Lifelines.
- Sore Throat -- see more articles
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