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)
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Food Allergies
  • Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Vitamin D Need
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Epstein-Barr Virus

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:
tender calf muscles
allergies to certain foods
cold sores
Asian ethnicity
pain when breathing
poor bodily coordination
specific muscle weakness
bulging eyes
frequent painful urge to defecate
shortness of breath when at rest
severe diffuse bone pain
sensitivity to bright light
... 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
Epstein-Barr Virus 95% Confirm
Rheumatic Heart Disease 25% Unlikely
Adrenal Fatigue 15% Unlikely
Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) 0% Ruled out
Mercury Toxicity 0% Ruled out
Food Allergies 0% Ruled out
Lupus (SLE) 0% Ruled out
Vitamin D Need 0% 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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