What is Soar Throat?
A soar throat is a painful, dry, or stretchy feeling in the throat. Most soar throat is caused by viruses or mechanical causes (such as mouth breathing) and can be treated successfully at home.
Pain in the throat is one of the most common symptom. It accounts for more than 13 million visits to doctor offices each year. Soar throat symptoms include pain, burning or scratching sensations as the back of the throat, pain when swallowing the tenderness in the neck. Soar throat symptoms may be accompanied by coughing, sneezing, fever, and swallowing lymph nodes.
Most soar throat caused by infection, or by environment factors like dry air. Although a soar throat can be uncomfortable, it’s usually go away on its own.
Soar throat can be divided into three types, based on the type they affect.
1) Pharyngitis affects the area right behind the mouth. The pharynx the area of the throat directly behind the mouth and soft palate, is a common passageway for food, liquids and even air. Swallowing safely delivers solids and liquids to the stomach through the esophagus.
So basically pharyngitis is pain and inflammation of the pharynx.
2) Tonsillitis is swelling and redness of the tonsils, the soft tissue in the back of the mouth. (tonsils is located on either side of the base on the tongue)
3) Laryngitis is swelling and redness of the voice box, or larynx. The larynx, the top portion of your windpipe (trachea), has an important gatekeeper function. It allows passage of air in and out of the lungs (through the trachea), but inhibits the entry of solids and liquids. Sound production at the vocal cords is an important side job of the larynx. Laryngitis is pain and inflammation of the larynx (often associated with a hoarse voice).