Your throat is a tube that carries food to your esophagus and air to your windpipe and larynx (also called the voice box). The technical name for the throat is pharynx.
Treatment depends on the cause. Sucking on lozenges, drinking lots of liquids, and gargling may ease the pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also help, but children should not take aspirin.
- Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work - Sore Throat (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Available in Spanish
- JAMA Patient Page: Sore Throat (American Medical Association) - PDF
- Sore Throat (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
- Sore Throat (Pharyngitis) (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Sore Throat? Know When To Call the Doctor (American Osteopathic Association)
- Difference between a Sore Throat, Strep, and Tonsillitis (American Academy of Pediatrics) Available in Spanish
- Strep Throat Test (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
- Throat Problems (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
- Throat Culture (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
Health Check Tools
- Sore Throat (DSHI Systems)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Pharyngitis (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Nasopharyngeal and Adenoid Colonization by Haemophilus influenzae and Haemophilus parainfluenzae...
- Article: Will targeting oropharyngeal gonorrhoea delay the further emergence of drug-resistant...
- Article: Study: bacterium associated with rare "forgotten" disease also responsible for...
- Sore Throat -- see more articles
- Pharynx Anatomy (National Cancer Institute)
Find an Expert
- American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
- Find an ENT (American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery)
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders