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?"
Diagnose your symptoms now!
- understand what's happening to your body
- learn what you should be doing right now
- identify any nutritional deficiencies
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:
elevated lymphocyte count
multiple swollen inguinal nodes
swollen axillary nodes
recent loss of appetite
high sensitivity to bright light
postauricular node problems
frequent painful inguinal nodes
unusual current rash
current atypical headaches
having a moderate fever
painful cervical nodes
possible enlarged liver
... 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
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?
→ Don't know
→ 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.
Concerned or curious about your health? Try The Analyst™