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The National Health Service (NHS) recently stated that sore throats often persist for less than a week. It issued people with various means to soothe their throats, such as avoiding smoking or people who smoke. Other methods such as Gargling warm salt water and eating soft foods will reduce throat irritation.

NHS made this announcement in preparation for the winter months, in which individuals are highly likely to get a cold or a sore throat. Some of the causes of these illnesses during that period are viruses or smoking. The Authority cautioned that although sore throats were minor illnesses, there are instances where it is a symptom of severe disease. 

Illnesses that are associated with sore throats 

A statement released by the American Academy of Family Physicians revealed that sore throats could be a symptom of Peritonsillar Abscess and tumors. The abscess is the most common deep neck infection in young adults. The symptoms presented include sore throats, fever, “hot potato” voice, etc. 

Treatments of the abscess include draining the abscess, supportive therapy, and antibiotic therapy for maintaining both hydration and pain control. There are currently 30 cases per 100,000 people in the US occurring in all age groups; however, the most affected are between 20 and 40.

A renowned expert revealed that a sore throat could also be one of the initial symptoms of tumor growth. Dr. Om  Mehdizadeh, laryngologist, stated that a tumor grows on one side of a person’s throat and causes pain on that side.

He cautioned patients to consult a physician to check for growing lumps and other symptoms. There are approximately 4,000 deaths due to throat cancer each year in the UK.

The connection between sore throats, COVID-19, and the Flu

Other illnesses that present sore throats include COVID-19; the NHS cautioned that persistent coughing, high temperature, and loss of taste and smell are common symptoms of COVID. In addition, a recent study revealed that the symptom is common for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. 

The symptoms’ infections are different and currently unusual than in previous years. One can prevent flu infection by getting a yearly flu vaccine.