Throat Pain Overview

What is it?

Pain in the throat may be caused by a variety of inflammations of the larynx, pharynx, or tonsils. Throat soreness is typically associated with painful swallowing. Inflammation of the pharynx (pharyngitis) is the most common form of sore throat and is usually from virus infection.


What causes it? 

A sore throat may be caused by a number of conditions including:   

 

Common treatments  

Home treatments to relieve pain include:  

There are also several nonprescription medicines to relieve symptoms including decongestants and anti-inflammatory lozenges. For throat infections, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.


You should seek medical care if: