Sore throat is characterized by a painful, itchy, swollen, or irritated throat. It’s often caused by a viral infection, and it’s usually the first sign of a cold. If not treated properly, it can worsen into a cough or flu.

Signs and Symptoms

Pain or itchiness of throat

Worsening pain when talking or swallowing

Difficulty swallowing

Swollen, red tonsils

White patches or pus on tonsils

Hoarseness of voice


If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.