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Pharyngitis overview

Published: July 13, 2009. Updated: August 09, 2009

A sore throat, otherwise known as pharyngitis or tonsillitis (American English: tonsilitis), is painful inflammation of the throat. It can be caused by viral or bacterial infection, or by irritation from agents such as pollutants, chemicals, or smoke.

Treatment

Treatment of a sore throat will vary according to the cause. Antibiotics are only helpful when a bacterial infection is the cause of the sore throat. A household remedy which might help is gargling with warm salty water.


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