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Sore throat, known as pharyngitis or tonsillitis (inflammation of the pharynx or tonsils, respectively), is one of the
most common health complaints. The April 7, 2004, issue of JAMA includes an article about diagnosing and treating sore throats.
Most sore throats are caused by infections with viruses, small organisms that do not respond to antibiotics. Examples include
the sore throat of a common cold, influenza (flu),
or infectious mononucleosis (a viral disease with
sore throat, fever, and lymph node enlargement).
Other causes include
To find this and other JAMA Patient Pages, go to the Patient Page link
on JAMA's Web site at http://www.jama.com.
A Patient Page on coughs, colds, and antibiotics was published in the May
28, 2003, issue; and one on strep throat was published in the December 13,
Parmet S, Lynm C, Glass RM. Sore Throat. JAMA. 2004;291(13):1664. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1664
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