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Sore throat

Sore throats are not usually serious and get better by themselves within a week. You can usually treat them at home.

Sore throat symptoms include pain when swallowing, a dry, scratchy throat, bad breath and redness in the back of your mouth.

Most sore throats are caused by viruses like cold or flu. Smoking can also cause them. Sometimes they’re caused by other conditions like tonsillitis.

Read more on the NHS website.

Sore throat symptoms include pain when swallowing, a dry, scratchy throat, bad breath and redness in the back of your mouth.

Sore throat symptoms

If you have a sore throat you might have:

The symptoms are similar for children, but children can also get a temperature and appear less active.

Read more on the NHS website.

Most sore throats are caused by viruses like cold or flu. Smoking can also cause them. Sometimes they’re caused by other conditions like tonsillitis.

Read more on the NHS website.