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Sore throat, throat irritation, and difficulty swallowing are common symptoms of pharyngitis. These symptoms are caused by inflammation and infection of tissue in the throat.
Pharyngitis is caused by viruses or bacteria in the air, or from close contact with an infected person. Certain lifestyle behaviors may also contribute to throat inflammation, such as consuming too much fried, greasy, or spicy foods, drinking too much tea, coffee, alcohol, or carbonated drinks, eating at odd times, lying down immediately after eating, and smoking. All of these habits may, in addition to causing inflammation, cause infection to occur more easily due to the decrease in the body's mechanisms for infection prevention.
Symptoms of pharyngitis are dependent upon the type of infection:
Doctors will carry out an investigation that involves a thorough review of the patient’s medical history, a physical examination, and any additional testing as deemed necessary.
Proper treatment targeted at the root cause of the condition will allow the patient to recover much quicker and avoid unnecessary side effects of treatment.