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Common Causes of Sore Throat

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Common Causes of Sore in the Throat

Sore throat can be very painful, irritating and itchy, making it difficult to swallow food or even liquids. Some of the symptoms that suggest you have sore throat include; dry throat, hoarseness and swollen glands in the neck. Well, in this post we would be concentrating on the common causes of sore throats.

What is causing your sore throat?

Whenever you have a sore throat, the following could be the possible reasons:

Bacterial infections: Bacterial infections can cause sore throats, but are not very common causes; however, bacterial infections like streptococcus pyogenes are the most common bacterial infections that cause the throat to be inflamed. When you share close space with people affected with sore throat, it increases your chances of getting it because when the affected person closer to you breaths out air he or she releases some bacteria in the atmosphere which you also end up breathing in.

Viral infections: Some Viral infections such as flu, common cold, measles and mononucleosis can also cause sore throats. Viral infections are one of the major triggers of sore throat.

Allergies: When you are allergic to things in your environment too you stand a chance of getting sore throat. If you are allergic to pollen, pet dander and other things like body sprays, dust and pomades with very strong scents, they can trigger postnasal drips. Postnasal drips are when excess mucus are accumulated in the back of your throat and cause irritations. So don’t expose yourself too much to these environmental factors of allergy and industrial pollutants or if possible stay away from them to help you avoid sore throat.

Weather conditions: Breathing in dry air can also cause sore throat especially in the dry seasons because it makes your throat feel raw and scratchy.

Smoking: When you smoke you are prone to sore throat because smoking triggers sore throats. Not only smokers encounter this. If you live around smoky areas to, you could be prone to this medical disorder.

Yelling or talking too much: Yelling, screaming or talking too much can strain the muscles in your throat area which can cause sore throat. When you shout or talk for a long period you end up putting a lot of pressure on your throat, causing it to perform more than it can.

Gastroesophageal reflux diseases: A Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a stomach disorder in which stomach contents (acids) move back into the esophagus. This process or disorder can cause sore throats.

Sharing things with affected persons: Using items of affected people can also affect you because their towels and handkerchief for instance may contain particles of saliva and mucus that carry some of these harmful bacteria and viruses in their throat. So in order to avoid this unpleasant experience don’t use belongings of affected persons. When you share drinking cups, spoons and glasses with people affected by sore throat, you increase the risk of getting the disease because you will end up exchanging saliva from these cups and spoons that have got these harmful bacteria and viruses on them.

Dirty hands: When you don’t wash your hands properly before eating or touching your lips, you increase your chance of getting sore throats. This is due to the virus and harmful bacteria in the atmosphere. It is advisable to use hand sanitizers frequently to reduce such infections .Washing your hands regularly under running water in order to get rid of germs will also help you reduce the risk of getting the disease .

All the above mentioned causes are common causes of sore throat, however, some other causes of sore throat include HIV and throat cancer however, both causes are very rare.

© 2017 Enoch Kane


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      Jo Miller 

      15 months ago from Tennessee

      Thanks for enlightening us about this common ailment.


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