Sore Throat (cont.)
Sore Throat Causes
- Sore throats are commonly caused by viruses (often the same viruses that cause colds or other
upper respiratory illnesses) or bacteria (such as the infection
with streptococcal bacteria commonly called
One well-known viral infection that may produce severe sore throat is
The yeast Candida can cause sore throat and throat
infection in people with suppressed immune systems.
- Sore throat may also be caused by chemicals (inhaled toxins such as
cigarette smoke), injury (a scrape from a bone fragment), allergy or postnasal drip, or, rarely, cancer (early cancer often presents with painless symptoms).
- Certain medical treatments can cause a sore throat (tonsillectomy, airway management during an operation, or cancer treatment with chemotherapy or radiation).
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