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Health Tip: What's Behind a Sore Throat?

Health Tip: What's Behind a Sore Throat?

10/26/12

(HealthDay News) -- A sore throat is among the most common medical maladies. But it shouldn't be ignored, since a sore throat could represent a harmless problem or a serious illness such as strep throat.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says possible causes of a sore throat include:

  • A virus, such as the flu or common cold.
  • A bacterial infection.
  • An allergy.
  • Dry air.
  • Air pollution.
  • Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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