10 Pharyngitis Symptoms

By keith
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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Despite sounding like a serious condition, pharyngitis is very common, especially in children. Pharyngitis is the medical term referring to a sore throat that occurs with or without swallowing. It's a swelling of the pharynx, which is the back of the throat.

Pharyngitis is inflammation of the throat, and it's often associated with throat irritation and discomfort. It's caused by a variety of infections, various illnesses, trauma or overuse. Because of its location, it can seem worse than it is, so it's beneficial to have as much information about the condition as possible.

Sore Throat

The primary indicator of pharyngitis is a sore throat. The level of soreness can range from mild to severe, and intensity is not an indication of the condition. Even if a person only experiences mild soreness, they may still have pharyngitis.

Severity is not a requirement for determination of the condition. Any inflammation within the throat between the voice box and the tonsils is considered pharyngitis.3‘Pharyngitis - Sore Throat.’ MedlinePlus, medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000655.htm The duration of the condition is also not a factor, as the soreness can last for varying periods of time, depending on the underlying source of the issue.


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