Frequency And Severity Of Sore Throats

What Causes Frequent Sore Throats?

Frequent sore throats can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose frequent sore throats, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "frequent sore throats" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities:
  • Lupus (SLE)
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Food Allergies
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Vitamin D Need
  • Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Adrenal Fatigue

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
mild unexplained fevers
morning stiffness for 45-120 minutes
prednisone use
low energy/stamina
very great unexplained weight loss
unexplained fevers that hit hard
being easily excitable
occasional runny nose
dark areas under eyes
bowel movement changes
minor mouth sores
pain/burning behind breastbone
... and more than 190 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of frequent sore throats:
Cause Probability Status
Food Allergies 99% Confirm
Lupus (SLE) 19% Unlikely
Rheumatic Heart Disease 13% Unlikely
Epstein-Barr Virus 5% Ruled out
Vitamin D Need 4% Ruled out
Mercury Toxicity 4% Ruled out
Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) 3% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

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 frequency and severity of sore throats:
Roughly how many times per year do you suffer from a sore throat?
Possible responses:
→ Never / rarely
→ About once a year / average / don't know
→ 2-3 times, mildly
→ 2-3 times severely or more than 3 times mildly
→ More than 3 times, severely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate insusceptibility to sore throats, occasional sore throats, regular sore throats or frequent sore throats, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Allergy to Foods (Hidden)

The ear, nose, and throat are common target organs for food allergens.  Congestion or inflammation of the nose (rhinitis), sinuses (sinusitis), and throat (pharyngitis) may be due to airborne irritants and allergens, but food allergy may be the undiagnosed cause of these common problems.

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

Sore throat or pain on taking a deep breath may occur with a flare of lupus.

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic heart disease is a complication of rheumatic fever, which in turn results from an untreated strep throat.  Rheumatic fever can damage the heart valves, causing them to fail to close properly or not open enough.

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