10 Causes of Sores In Your Throat

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The throat is very susceptible to lesions, cuts and sores and is usually the first area that displays symptoms when exposed to an oral injury or infection. Sores in the throat can occur due to a wide variety of causes, including bacterial and viral infections, autoimmune diseases, allergic reactions and more.

Depending on the cause, throat sores can be difficult to treat. While most sores usually heal on their own, sores that occur repeatedly or don’t go away after a few days should be examined by a medical professional. Sores that linger for a long time could indicate a serious underlying condition.1‘What Are Oral, Throat, and Tonsil Ulcers?’ Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, 16 Jan. 2019, www.ceenta.com/news-blog/its-time-to-talk-about-oral-throat-and-tonsil-ulcers.

1. Bacterial Infections

A common cause of throat pain, inflammation and sores or lesions in the throat is a bacterial infection known as Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus, which is commonly called strep throat. Strep throat causes a number of symptoms, with the most noticeable being a severe sore throat that can make speaking and swallowing difficult.

Strep throat is relatively easy to treat once it’s been identified, but it’s extremely contagious. Patients are typically improving after a few days of an antibiotics regimen, but they are still contagious until the virus is fully eradicated from the body.2‘Strep Throat.’ Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 17 Dec. 2020, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/strep-throat/symptoms-causes/syc-20350338.

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