Sore Throat (cont.)
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How long should a sore throat last?
The duration of a sore throat depends upon the cause. If the cause is a persistent irritation, like inhalation of cigarette smoke or other toxic substance, the sore throat can last as long as the exposure to the offending agent. Bacterial infections such as strep throat begin to improve once appropriate treatment with antibiotics is started. Viruses like the common cold typically produce a sore throat that lasts from several days to a week or more. The sore throat of infectious mononucleosis can last longer than that of the common cold.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2014
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