Current Sore Throat

What Causes Sore Throat?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of sore throat we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow sore throat to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind sore throat consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to sore throat.  For example, infectious mononucleosis.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
enlarged liver
sensitivity to bright light
frequent painful axillary nodes
having a slight fever
unusual current rash
frequent painful inguinal nodes
recent loss/regaining of appetite
multiple painful cervical nodes
multiple swollen inguinal nodes
current atypical headaches
multiple swollen axillary nodes
elevated lymphocyte count
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of sore throat.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Respiratory Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about current sore throat:
Do you have a sore throat now?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, somewhat sore
→ Yes, very sore and painful to swallow
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of sore throat, current sore throat or current very sore throat, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Infectious Mononucleosis - Mono.  The sore throat usually seen in mononucleosis typically clears in 7-19 days, possibly fewer.
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